Foreign Minister briefs French senators on Sri Lanka’s current challenges

Foreign Minister briefs French senators on Sri Lanka’s current challenges

Thu, February 24, 2022, 11:55 p.m. SL time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

February 24, Colombo: The Sri Lankan Minister for Foreign Affairs, Professor GL Peiris, was the guest of honor at a breakfast with the President and members of the France-Sri Lanka Friendship Group at the Senate of the French Republic, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Minister Prof. Peiris thanked the French senators for their sustained interest in Sri Lanka, particularly in the context of France’s current presidency of the European Union.

He reported on Sri Lanka’s current challenges with regard to the negative impact of the Covid outbreak on the country’s economy, with particular reference to the significant reduction in foreign exchange inflows from tourism, remittances overseas funds and trade-related activities. He explained that the country is currently experiencing a gradual recovery and a steady resumption of economic enterprise.

The minister informed the senators of the French Republic of a series of measures currently under way in Sri Lanka in terms of development and reconciliation. He commented on the initiatives taken by national mechanisms such as the Office for Missing Persons, the Office for Reparations, the Office for National Unity and Reconciliation, the Council of 16 Sustainable Development Goals and the Human Rights Council. man from Sri Lanka. He said the second interim report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry, chaired by a serving Supreme Court Justice, has now been submitted to the President, and that a committee of experts appointed by the President to undertake an exercise wide-ranging in Constitutional reform is about to complete its work and that its report should be submitted sooner.

Minister Prof. Peiris addressed the government’s proposed amendments to the 42-year-old Prevention of Terrorism Act – amendments already presented to parliament and pending debate in the first week of March.

The Minister indicated that he was traveling to Geneva to attend the 49th session of the Human Rights Council and welcomed the understanding of the French Republic with regard to the substantial measures taken by Sri Lanka in a recent past.

During the vigorous question-and-answer session that followed, a wide range of questions relating to the economy, investment procedures applicable to the port city, the country’s health and education systems, work, gender initiatives and foreign policy perspectives were discussed. discussed.

The president of the France-Sri Lanka group in the Senate, Senator Joel Guerriau, thanked Minister Prof. Peiris for his presence and his informative presentation. Members present said they looked forward to their visit to Sri Lanka next month.