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Diplomatic relations prevented Geneva economic sanctions on Sri Lanka – Deputy FM

Jun 5, 2016
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Strengthened diplomatic relationships between Sri Lanka and the international community were instrumental in preventing economic sanctions and to impress the countries Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Harsha de Silva said.

According to the Deputy Minister, the new government led by the President Maithripala Sirisena and the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has taken the responsibility to merge the country with the international platform and as a result Sri Lanka today stands very closely with the world’s powerful states.

Addressing a press conference at the Department of Government Information Thursday, the deputy FM pointed out, that President Sirisena’s recent visit to Japan to participate in the G7 summit is the most successful official visit made by a Sri Lankan leader in the recent past. At this summit, Sri Lanka was able to improve its image among the world’s most powerful leaders and to hold discussions with them.

“President Sirisena showcased to the world how Sri Lanka is implementing a direct and broad program to develop the country through the reconciliation, good governance, and the human rights,” the Deputy Minister said.

He further emphasized the importance of the diplomatic relations with any other country to earn foreign investments and to strengthen the international trade.

Minister of Petroleum Chandima Weerakkody, Chief Minister of Western Province Isura Devapriya were also present.

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