Visit to Sri Lanka November 2009
It was the first visit to Sri Lanka by an Australian Foreign Minister since 2003. Mr Smith's counterpart, Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama, visited Australia in October 2008.
During the visit, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Sri Lanka on legal cooperation against people smuggling. The MOU was signed by Australia’s Special Representative to Sri Lanka, John McCarthy, and Sri Lanka’s Justice Secretary, Suhada Gamalath.