President Ranil Wickremesinghe engaged in discussions with Western Australia Prime Minister Roger Cook during a meeting held in Perth, Australia, as part of the ongoing 7th Indian Ocean Conference. The meeting, that occurred today (09), focused on fostering collaboration between Sri Lanka and Western Australia across various sectors.
Prime Minister Cook expressed a keen interest in enhancing cooperation between the two regions, particularly in renewable energy and agriculture. He also proposed the development of direct air services between Sri Lanka and Perth to facilitate greater connectivity and exchange.
President Wickremesinghe highlighted Sri Lanka’s commitment to advancing its renewable energy sector and underscored the immense potential within this domain. Additionally, he provided insights into Sri Lanka’s agricultural modernization efforts, inviting investment from Western Australia.
Moreover, President Wickremesinghe extended an invitation to Prime Minister Cook to explore investment opportunities in Sri Lanka, signaling a desire for strengthened economic ties between the two regions.
The meeting was attended by several officials, including Minister of Foreign Affairs Presidential Advocate Ali Sabri, Senior Advisor to the President on National Security and Chief of Presidential Staff Sagala Ratnayake, High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to Australia Chitrangani Wageeswara, Members of Parliament Chinthaka Mayadunna and Ishaq Rahman, and Director of Presidential International Relations Dinuk Colomboge, along with Rishan de Silva, accompanying President Wickremesinghe.