MANAMA, BAHRAIN: President Mahinda Rajapaksa met with the King of Bahrain His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa at the Al-Sakhir Palace in Bahrain today.
The President was received with a warm welcome at the Palace by King Hamad, the Prime Minister of Bahrain His Royal Highness Prince Khalifa bin Salman bin Hamad Al Kalifa and other high-level Bahraini officials.
President Rajapaksa said that this visit, being the first ever state visit of a Sri Lankan President, is an indication of the “warmth and maturity of the relationship between our two countries.”
“The leadership of the President is well-known.” King Hamad told members of his delegation. “He has done a good job for the stability of the region.”
During bilateral discussions, the two leaders discussed a number of matters of mutual interest while also expressing the mutual support of the two countries in the international arena.
During this meeting, Sri Lanka and Bahrain signed three Memorandums of Understanding on sports, culture and arts, and another between the University of Colombo and the University of Bahrain.
Formal diplomatic relations between the two nations were initiated in 1992, and a new Sri Lankan mission was established in the capital Manama in February 2013. The strengthening of relations between the two countries is evident politically and economically with the various bilateral activities that have been taking place.