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Germany to take lead in EU to revive GSP+ Relief to Sri Lanka – German Foreign Minister

01 21 1140x1010German Foreign Minister Mr. Frank Walter Steinmeier says Germany would lead the European Union to revive the GSP+ Relief to Sri Lanka. The Foreign Minister who is on an official visit in Sri Lanka stated that he would take action on that regard, in coordination with the Foreign Ministry of Sri Lanka.

Foreign Minister Samaraweera's media statement after the official talks with German Foreign Minister Steinmeier

GermanFM SLFMGood morning ladies and gentlemen,

I have just concluded a meeting with the Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs of Germany, His Excellency Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier. This is Minister Steinmeier’s first visit to Sri Lanka and we are indeed honoured and happy to welcome this distinguished minister to our country. I also hope that this visit will allow me to reciprocate the warm and cordial hospitality extended to me when I visited Berlin a few months ago in May.

"Building trusted Sri Lankan-German partnership" - Interview by Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier for Daily FT

Sri Lanka’s government is making fresh efforts towards reconciliation through increased engagement with the international community including United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). At this point what would you see as the key concerns for Sri Lanka and how can it continue to improve its international image?

Address by H.E. the President to 8th Parliament: 1 September 2015

President Maithripala Sirisena at the opening session of the 8th Parliament of Sri Lanka on 1st of September 2015Honorable Speaker, honorable Members of Parliament,

It is my great pleasure to offer you the congratulations of the people of Sri Lanka and welcome you to the new parliament. You are the democratically elected representatives of the people and you have been elected in the most peaceful election held in the history of our country.

As a person political experience of more than five decades, including 26 years as a Member of Parliament, I take this opportunity extend my thanks to the brotherly people in this country, those who voted for and against me at the Presidential Election on January 08, which I won as the Common Candidate of the opposition.

Remarks by Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Foreign Affairs to the Diplomatic Corps based in Colombo, 28 August 2015

11884991 887602961328645 1809229900367453557 oYour Excellencies,

It is my pleasure, this evening, to welcome all of you today to the Republic building, having been sworn in early this week as the Minister of Foreign Affairs. At the moment Sri Lanka has the dubious honour of having the smallest Cabinet in the world, having had the largest in the world last year.  At the moment we have a Cabinet of five, but the Government will be in place by Wednesday.