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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-

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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.

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