Introductory Remarks by Mangala Samaraweera, MP., Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Keynote Address by Mme. Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO 16th August 2016 Ladies and gentlemen, I feel most honored today to have the opportunity of introducing to...
The Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Norway, Erna Solberg, commenced a two-day official visit on 12 August 2016. This official visit takes place in her dual capacity as Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Norway as well as co-chair of the Sustainable...
4 July 2016, Geneva, Switzerland - A Framework of Cooperation between the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the Group of Fifteen (G-15), a grouping of developing...
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mangala Samaraweera, leader of the Sri Lanka delegation, addressed the 32nd Session of the UN Human Rights Council at the presentation of the Oral Update on the...
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mangala Samaraweera, met UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein at the Palais Wilson in Geneva on 29 June 2016.
Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, Minister of Justice and Buddha Sasana, Mr. Mano Tittawella, Secretary General Secretariat for Coordinating...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday pledged ¥45 billion in loans to expand Sri Lanka’s sole international airport.After meeting with Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at his office in Tokyo, the two leaders agreed to upgrade the bilateral relationship to a comprehensive partnership covering a wide range of areas, including politics, security and economics.
“To support its economy, we will further work together with Sri Lanka in three fields: promoting investment, cooperating on a national development plan, and national reconciliation and peace-building” under the enhanced partnership, Abe said.
The fresh yen loans will go toward expansion of Bandaranaike International Airport.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe welcomed the new partnership, saying “the discussions and agreement of a comprehensive collaboration brings us a step closer in the relationship between our two countries.”
According to a joint declaration on the bilateral comprehensive partnership, Wickremesinghe noted that the Sri Lankan government will create a more favorable investment environment, urging Japanese firms to invest in the country.
Sri Lanka has been working on national reconciliation and peace-building after the civil war that lasted from 1983 to 2009 and has posted high economic growth after the war, experiencing 7.4 percent growth in GDP last year and 7.2 percent in 2013.
In light of the steady growth in Sri Lanka, the two leaders agreed to hold an economic policy dialogue at the senior official level in the first half of next year to come up with measures to enhance business cooperation, the joint declaration said.
To support national development in Sri Lanka, Abe and Wickremesinghe decided to launch a framework titled the “Consultation on National Development Cooperation.”
Abe praised bilateral efforts on the maritime security front, including port calls by Maritime Self-Defense Force vessels and an ongoing study on Japan providing Sri Lanka with patrol boats.
“As island nations, we know the value of security and peaceful coexistence and the importance that we are guided by international principles as far as the law of the seas are concerned,” Wickremesinghe said.
Making his eighth visit to Japan, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe wraps up his five-day stay Wednesday.