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Qatar, Sri Lanka sign 9 agreements during Emir visit

(Xinhua)

09:31, January 17, 2012

COLOMBO, Jan. 16 (Xinhua) -- Qatar and Sri Lanka signed nine Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) during the two-day visit of the Qatari Emir, an official statement said here on Monday.

Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, arrived in Sri Lanka on Sunday for a short visit and has signed nine MoUs including agreements on commerce and technological cooperation, higher education and research, investment, economic cooperation, tourism, aviation and law, a statement on the government's official website said.

The government said the emir was accompanied by a large entourage of around 80 guests, including a crucial business delegation of about 30.

This is a follow-up visit following a delegation of Qatari officials who came here last month to evaluate investment opportunities in post-war Sri Lanka.

Bilateral talks between the two leaders along with a state banquet will also be held before the visit concludes.

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