Discussions were centered on a range of issues including countering people smuggling operations and maritime cooperation. During the meeting both sides inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on People Smuggling and Transnational Crime to reinforce cooperation on counter - people smuggling operations, which would enable even closer cooperation between the two nations.
The MoU was signed by Secretary Waidyaratne and Secretary of Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection Michael Pezzullo.
The MoU will facilitate the return to Sri Lanka of individuals who are involved in people smuggling activities. It also enables enhanced information sharing on methods for tracking, intercepting and investigating people smugglers. It will also see further cooperation between the two nations on countering human trafficking, stopping the movement of illicit goods and targeting acts of money laundering and proceeds of crime.