09 February 2017, Male'; The Third Session of the Maldives – Sri Lanka Joint Commission was held this morning at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. H.E. Dr. Mohamed Asim, Minister of Foreign Affairs headed the Maldivian delegation, and Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka headed the Sri Lankan delegation.
The Joint Commission deliberated on a wide array of issues of mutual importance to both countries, including trade and economic cooperation, education and social protection, culture and tourism, fisheries and health cooperation. Discussions also focused on consular and community issues, human resource development and cooperation between the two Foreign Ministries.
It was agreed that the Joint Commission would be held biennially, with the next session scheduled to be convened in 2019 in Colombo, Sri Lanka.