Sweden hopes to further enhance the existing economic and trade relations with Sri Lanka, Prime Minister of Sweden, Stefan Löfven stated during the bilateral discussions this afternoon with President Maithripala Sirisena on the sidelines of Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference 2015, in Boao, Hainan Province, China.
Prime Minister Löfven congratulated President Maithripala on his presidential election victory and said that he and the Swedish government are pleased to see the positive development in post-election Sri Lanka.
President Maithripala explained new development initiatives undertaken by the new government in Sri Lanka.
‘We will take steps to increase Swedish tourists to Sri Lanka,’ the Prime Minister stated. Sweden is keen to further enhance the existing economic and trade relations with Sri Lanka, said the Premier, and these ties will be stronger than before, he added.
President Maithripala requested Swedish assistance to develop the irrigation sector to improve the living standards of farmers. The Swedish Premier responded positively for the request.