The New Sri Lankan ambassador on Saturday evinced his country’s interest in bolstering cooperation with Afghanistan in different areas, the Presidential Palace said.
After presenting his credentials to President Hamid Karzai, Prasad Kariyawasam said in his formal message his country was desirous of further expanding cooperative relations with Afghanistan.
During the past several years, he recalled, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan had widened their bilateral ties in various fields. The relations would be strengthened further, he promised.
“We will work together to stabilise our ties,” he said, adding Sri Lanka wanted to implement the agreements signed during President Hamid Karzai’s Colombo visit in March.
He lauded Karzai’s role in leading Afghanistan at a critical time in its history to reconstruction, economic development, ethnic unity and democracy.
Karzai, welcoming Wastam as new envoy, hoped the ambassador would enjoy his time in Afghanistan. The president called the diplomat’s arrival a matter of satisfaction for Afghans.
With the arrival of the new Sri Lankan ambassador, ties between Kabul and Colombo would flourish, specifically in economic and trade sectors, the president hoped.