EU delegates assured SL of co-operation: Foreign Ministry
a year ago
The European Union delegation to Sri Lanka noted its appreciation for the multifaceted engagement between Sri Lanka and the EU, and assured Foreign Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris of the EU’s continued co-operation, when the two parties met last Friday (1) at the Foreign Ministry, the Foreign Ministry announced in a press release yesterday (3). The five-member EU Mission to Sri Lanka was led by European Commission Senior Advisor and Directorate General for Trade Nikolaos Zaimis and European External Action Service (EEAS) Head of Division for South Asia Ioannis Giogkarakis-Argyropoulos. The meeting entailed discussion on EU-Sri Lanka co-operation and Sri Lanka’s engagement with the EU on matters of relevance. Foreign Minster Prof. Peiris apprised the EU delegation, inter alia, on progress in reconciliation, review of the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), engagement with civil society, Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16 initiative, and Sri Lanka’s co-operation in the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC). The Foreign Minister observed that Sri Lanka’s relations with the EU are wide ranging and mutually beneficial, including in the spheres of economic and development co-operation. As the EU is Sri Lanka’s second largest export destination (in 2020), the Foreign Minister highlighted the positive contribution of the EU’s GSP-plus benefits in upgrading the livelihoods of communities in the country. During the visit, the EU delegation participated in meetings related to the EU-Sri Lanka Joint Commission process and the EU GSP+ Third Cycle of Review process (2020/2021). The meetings were attended by a broad range of stakeholders from the government, comprising over 30 line agencies. The delegation comprised senior officials from the European Commission and the EEAS, and the visit was part of Sri Lanka’s ongoing and regular engagement with the EU. The mission also met other senior interlocutors in government during the visit. Ambassador of the Delegation of the EU to Colombo Denis Chaibi, Foreign Secretary Admiral Prof. Jayanath Colombage, and senior officials of the Foreign Ministry participated in the meeting.