Sri Lanka, Maldives to expand bilateral cooperation
Colombo: Sri Lanka and the Maldives have agreed to expand bilateral cooperation during the talks between President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the visiting Maldivian President Mohamed Waheed.
Waheed arrived here on Thursday on a two-day official visit, his first since being installed in office early February following the ouster of Mohamed Nasheed.
"Maldives requested Sri Lanka's continued cooperation on training its defence officials," Sri Lankan presidential spokesman Wijayananda Herath told reporters.
Sri Lanka had trained Maldivian security forces personnel over a long period of time.
Waheed thanked Rajapaksa for the services of Sri Lankan teachers and manpower in the Maldives.
Rajapaksa was seen as a key ally of Nasheed, the archipelago's first democratically-elected President.
Sri Lanka, however, has followed a neutral stance on the February 07 events in the Maldives that led to the ouster of Nasheed.