Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena witness the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Human Resources Minister Richard Riot Jaem and Sri Lanka’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Employment Manusha Nanayakkara at Putra Perdana.Pix by MOHD FADLI HAMZAH.

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia and Sri Lanka today have called on all nations to reject terrorism.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena were unanimous in their rejection of violent extremism.

They also expressed strong condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestation.

"Both sides agreed to continue sharing information and best practices with a view to address the challenges posed by terrorism and other traditional and non-traditional threats," they said in a joint statement.

In promoting trade, the two countries also agreed to explore the possibility of initiating a Malaysia-Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement.

"The two leaders reaffirmed their commitment to further strengthen bilateral trade and investment cooperation, and to deepen their economic engagement for mutual benefits."

Sirisena assured that the Malaysian investors would enjoy a conducive investment climate in Sri Lanka.

Earlier, the two leaders witnessed the signing of five memorandum of understanding - on tourism related activities; on cooperation in the field of youth development; on recruitment, employment and repatriation of workers; in the field of culture, arts and heritage, and on agriculture scientific research and technical cooperation.

Sirisena is in Malaysia for a three-day work visit and this is his first visit since he took office in January last year.