Russian MFA Spokesman Andrei Nesterenko Response to Media Question about the Signing of a Memorandum Granting the Status of SCO Dialogue Partner to Sri Lanka
Question: How do you assess the signing of a Memorandum Granting the Status of SCO Dialogue Partner to Sri Lanka?
Answer: The Secretary General of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, Muratbek Imanaliyev, and the Minister of External Affairs of Sri Lanka, G. L. Peiris, signed the Memorandum Granting the Status of SCO Dialogue Partner to Sri Lanka in Colombo on May 6. The ground for this was the relevant decision taken by the SCO Council of Heads of State at its meeting on June 16, 2009 in Yekaterinburg.
Russia welcomes Sri Lanka's receiving SCO Dialogue Partner status and the signing of the Memorandum. Its implementation will contribute to strengthening the international ties of the SCO, as well as expanding interaction between the SCO member states and Sri Lanka, primarily in such areas as ensuring security and stability, combating terrorism and developing economic, trade and investment cooperation.
May 12, 2010