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Sri Lanka Germany sign agreements to enhance bilateral cooperation

Sri Lanka and Germany have agreed to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries and promote development activities in Sri Lanka through German assistance.The two countries also signed agreements on a wide range of cooperation that covers Education, Language, Museaology, heritage and Art conservation, Higher Education, Sports. Improving access to information on the higher education systems in both countries, encouraging academic exchange in both directions, increasing the mobility of joint project partnerships between universities during President Maithripala Sirisena’s visit to Germany, the President’s office said today. The three agreements that were signed in the presence of Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany were a Joint Declaration of Intent regarding cooperation on cultural relations and education policy, an  MOU on Academic Co-Operation between the University Grants Commission and German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and an MOU with the Heidelberg University on the creation of the Sri Lanka Chair at the South Asia Institute. (Colombo Gazette) On behalf of Sri Lanka, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera and Sri Lanka’s Ambassador in Germany Karunathilaka Amunugama signed the agreements.

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