The Maldives and Sri Lanka have signed three Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) on the establishment of a Maldivian cultural centre in Sri Lanka and strengthening cooperation in the fields of health and culture. The MoUs were signed at the end of the Fourth Session of the Joint Commission between the Maldives and Sri Lanka came to a close in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Wednesday.

“The MoU on cultural cooperation will provide the opportunity for both countries to cultivate and develop closer and stronger cultural relations between the Maldives and SriLanka. The MoU will also promote cooperation in the fields of heritage conservation, preservation and archaeology,” Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid said in a tweet. He expressed confidence that the establishment of the Maldivian cultural centre in Sri Lanka will give further impetus to bilateral ties between the two countries.

The Minister further said that providing quality healthcare services is a priority for the Maldives government, and the newly signed MoU will contribute to enhance the Maldives-Sri Lanka collaboration in this field.

The ministerial meeting of the Joint Commission session took place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka, where the foreign ministers engaged in comprehensive discussions covering a diverse array of topics that held significant importance for both nations, according to a statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The ministerial meeting of the Joint Commission was preceded by a meeting of the senior officials which was held on Tuesday.

The primary focus of the deliberations at the Joint Commission revolved around cultivating stronger cooperation in key areas such as the economy, education, healthcare, defense, and culture, among others. The ministers also exchanged perspectives on furthering collaboration at both regional and international levels.