Minister of State for Energy Affairs Saad Sherida Al Kaabi made this pledge when he called on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday.
The visiting Minister greeting President Rajapaksa for his recent election victory requested to nominate a focal point from the Sri Lankan side to discuss matters relating to the implementation of his country’s proposal.
In response President Rajapaksa said that he was very keen in securing Qatari cooperation in the area of energy generation. He also said that his plan was to meet 80% of the country’s energy requirements from sources of renewable energy in the future.
The President nominated his Secretary Dr. P.B. Jayasundara as his representative. The President’s Secretary will be invited to visit Doha for further discussion. President Rajapaksa said that his focal point would take with him Sri Lanka’s national plan for energy production.
The Qatari Minister mentioned that his country has successfully established such ventures in several countries including Pakistan and Poland.
“We wish to enhance bilateral cooperation with the State of Qatar beyond energy production. We need markets for our tea, vegetable – especially organic – and fruits. We have a vast potential to supply such produce to other countries,” President Rajapaksa said.
Replying in a positive note the Qatari Minister said his current visit to Sri Lanka would be the first step of such enhanced cooperation.
Ambassador for the State of Qatar in Colombo Jassim bin Jaber Al-Sorour, External Relations Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, State Minister Susil Premjayanth and Advisor to the President Lalith Weeratunga were also present.