Reception Hall, Malacañan Palace
January 16, 2019

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and President Maithripala Sirisena of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka witnessed the signing and exchange of agreements that focused on several areas of cooperation such as agriculture, higher education, defense and security, and tourism.

In their joint press statements, President Duterte affirmed the Philippines and Sri Lanka’s common interest in the desire to provide the two nations with greater peace, progress, and prosperity.

“These realities and aspirations behoove upon us to work together even more closely to provide renewed impetus and clearer direction for a greatly expanded partnership,” the President said.

Since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Sri Lanka that has spanned 58 years, President Duterte said that the two countries shall continue its commitment to adhere to the rule of law, to act as responsible members of the international community, and to work together constructively in all relevant regional and international organizations.

“The Philippines hopes that with Sri Lanka, we can explore wider cooperation and greater collaborative action across many fields in the international fora,” he said.

In response, President Sirisena expressed his gratitude to the Government of the Philippines for the renewed ties, commitment, and friendship, vowing that the initiatives and discussions made during his five-day State Visit shall be implemented in order to harness the maximum to the people of both countries.

“This visit has strengthened the long and trusted friendship between our two countries. We have taken steps to reinvigorate our relations which our two countries and people so richly deserve. I carry with me very fond memories of this State Visit while further strengthening the bonds of friendship with your country,” President Sirisena said.

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