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International Minister meets UK International Secretary, discusses boosting bilateral ties

International Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris met the UK Secretary of State for International, Commonwealth and Growth Affairs Elizabeth Truss lately the International, Commonwealth and Growth Workplace.

Minister Prof Peiris knowledgeable International Secretary Elizabeth Truss that having absolutely vaccinated about 82% of the eligible inhabitants, life is getting again to normalcy in Sri Lanka. He stated tourism which collapsed through the pandemic is selecting up with modest numbers and different companies are additionally selecting up. He additionally famous that Sri Lankan attire business which remained resilient even through the peak of the pandemic was capable of shift to supply different objects resembling Private Safety Gear (PPEs).

Minister Prof Peiris stated, Sri Lanka-UK bilateral relationship may be very sturdy, and the 2 nations have quite a bit in widespread and there’s a strong basis to construct on. He added that Sri Lanka is an instance of a strong and time-tested democratic custom the place Sri Lankans started having fun with the common grownup franchise 17 years earlier than gaining independence, when it was nonetheless the Colony of Ceylon.

Referring to the investments successive Sri Lankan Governments have made for human useful resource growth resembling provision of free healthcare and free schooling as much as college degree, Minister Prof Peiris said that among the merchandise of Sri Lankan free schooling system are contributing to the UK’s financial system.

Minister added that the British affect is seen in each facet of Sri Lanka’s life be it politics, commerce, finance, authorized and schooling. The names of main Sri Lankan corporations point out their origins and have been arrange by British businessmen.  Referring to the Free Commerce Agreements Sri Lanka has signed with India and Pakistan, he said that such agreements present a possibility to British corporations and act as a conduit to fabricate in Sri Lanka for export to those markets.

 He additionally knowledgeable that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has inspired him to have interaction in a dialogue with the diaspora and the Authorities can also be reaching out to the Tamil Nationwide Alliance. The Authorities has additionally commenced an engagement with the civil society organisations, has launched some suspects held below the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) and is revisiting the PTA to make adjustments which aren’t beauty however substantial. He additionally said that the workplaces resembling Workplace of Lacking Individuals, Workplace for Reparations and Workplace for Nationwide Unity and Reconciliation are engaged in helpful work.

International Secretary Elizabeth Truss reciprocated the feelings expressed by Minister Prof. Peiris and said that she was lucky to have visited Sri Lanka and the 2 nations want to have interaction extra on investments. She added that the UK is growing a broader funding portfolio which Sri Lanka could possibly be part of.

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