The Ambassadors from five Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries who met Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena at Parliament yesterday  praised the government for successfully combatting the COVID 19 threat to Sri Lanka.

The Speaker and the envoys discussed the COVID situation in each country and how Parliament in each country conducts its activities in this new scenario.

While appreciating the close ties the ASEAN countries have with Sri Lanka, the Speaker reiterated that Sri Lanka will continue the friendship in the future as well.

An invitation to visit Kuala Lumpur to further strengthen the bilateral ties by the Ambassador of Malaysia was also extended to the Parliamentarians from Sri Lanka. The request was welcomed with the Ambassador stating  that a written invitation on this regard  will be sent to the Sri Lankan Parliament in the future.

Tan Yang Thai, High Commissioner of Malaysia to Sri Lanka, Pham Thi Bich Ngoc, Ambassador of Viet Nam, Gusti Ngurah Ardiyasa, Ambassador of Indonesia, Chulamanee Chartsuwan, Ambassador of Thailland and Han Thu, Ambassador of Myanmar  were present at the meeting.

The Speaker was accompanied by the Secretary General of Parliament Dammika Dasanayake and Wasantha Yapa Abeywardane