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Strengthening Regional Cooperation in Public Health: President Wickremesinghe’s BIMSTEC Meeting

In a recent meeting with BIMSTEC Secretary-General, Tenzin Lekphell, President Ranil Wickremesinghe emphasized the continued need for cooperation among member states and underscored the significance of further advancing the public health sector in the region.

The Secretary-General commended Sri Lanka for its unwavering commitment to public health and urged the country to take a leading role in this vital field within the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC). BIMSTEC comprises seven South and Southeast Asian nations – Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Thailand – with the shared goal of fostering collaboration in technical and economic realms among countries along the Bay of Bengal, bridging South Asia and Southeast Asia.

President Wickremesinghe stressed the importance of holding regular Ministerial level meetings among BIMSTEC members to ensure the organization’s success and effective collaboration in achieving their collective objectives.

The meeting also saw the participation of Dinouk Colombage, the President’s Director of International Affairs, further reinforcing Sri Lanka’s commitment to regional cooperation and development.

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