Thailand PM meets with Sri Lankan president

Thailand and Sri Lanka signed several bilateral agreements on Friday as Yingluck Shinawatra met with Mahinda Rajapaksa in Colombo.

Published: 31st May 2013 05:01 PM  |   Last Updated: 31st May 2013 05:01 PM   |  A+A-


Thailand and Sri Lanka signed several bilateral agreements Friday as the Thai prime minister met with Sri Lanka's president on an official visit aimed at strengthening bilateral relations.

Soon after Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra arrived for a two-day visit, she and Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa met for talks that emphasized "enhancing defense and security relations" between the two countries, according to a Sri Lankan government statement.

The two leaders also discussed the need to strengthen maritime security and cooperation between nations in order to maintain peace and security in the region, said the statement, which was posted on a government website.

Four bilateral agreements on visa exemption for diplomats and official passport holders, tourism cooperation, scientific and technological cooperation, and commerce and banking were signed.

Yingluck was also scheduled to attend a religious ceremony at a Buddhist temple in the holy city of Kandy in central Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka and Thailand have enjoyed cultural and religious ties for centuries. Yingluck is scheduled to visit Maldives after her Sri Lanka visit.

Stay up to date on all the latest World news with The New Indian Express App. Download now


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp