Sri Lanka asks Qatar to partner with SriLankan Airlines
Oct 26, 2017 21:50 PM GMT+0530 | 0 Comment(s)
ECONOMYNEXT - Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena had asked Qatar to partner with the island's troubled national carrier SriLankan Airlines which had run hundreds of millions of losses under two administrations.
"The special attention of the Emir of Qatar was drawn to the request made by the President regarding entering into partnership with the SriLankan Airlines," a statement from the office of the President said.
President Sirisena is on a state visit to Qatar, his fist to a Middle Eastern country.
Talks with Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani also covered an investment in a liquefied natural gas power plant in Sri Lanka and the setting up of a school for children of Sri Lankans working in the country.
About 150,000 Sri Lankans are estimated to be working in Qatar.
The two countries had signed the following agreements.
1. MoU on mutual visa exception for holders of diplomatic, official and special passports – the MoU was signed by the State Minister of Foreign Affairs Vasantha Senanayake and Qatari Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohamed Bin Abdur Rahman Al Thani
2. MoU on Cooperation in the field of diplomatic training and research – the Mou was signed by the State Minister of Foreign Affairs Vasantha Senanayake and Qatari Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohamed Bin Abdur Rahman Al Thani
3. Agreement of donation for providing emergency relief to Sri Lanka to face drought - the MoU was signed by the State Minister of Foreign Affairs Vasantha Senanayake and Qatari Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohamed Bin Abdur Rahman Al Thani
4. MoU on cooperation in the field of energy – the MoU was signed by the Minister of Power and Industries of the State of Qatar Dr. Mohamed Bin Salih Al Sada and Sri Lankan Deputy Minister of Power and Renewable Energy Ajith P. Perera
5. MoU in the field of waste water management – the MoU was signed by the Minister of Municipality and Environment of the State of Qatar Mohammed Bin Abdullah Al Rumaihi and Sri Lankan Minister of City Planning and Water Supply Rauf Hakeem
6. MoU in the field of health and medical science – MoU was signed by the Minister of Public Health for the State of Qatar Dr Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari and Sri Lankan Health Minister Rajitha Senarathne
7. MoU in the field of exchange of financial investigations – MoU was signed by the head of Qatar's Financial Information Unit (QFIU) Ahmad bin Eid al-Thani and the Director of the Financial Intelligence Unit of Sri Lanka Dr. H Amaratunga