External Affairs Minister Professor G.L. Peiris has briefed the Philippines on the recent political and economic developments in the country, with particular reference to the governments accomplishments in respect of responding effectively to the needs of those who had been displaced by the thirty year conflict, and the re-integration into society of ex-combatants, the External Affairs Ministry said today.
The Minister briefed Albert del Rosario, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs on the arrangements being made for the upcoming elections to the Provincial Council of the Northern Province. The Minister also described the government’s plans for the major business event to be held on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in November, and expressed his warm appreciation of the vigorous interest shown by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry in attending this event.
Professor Peiris also expressed to his counterpart Sri Lanka’s appreciation of the support consistently extended by the Philippines to his country at the international level.
The Foreign Ministers of Sri Lanka and the Philippines agreed to move rapidly with regard to the signing of a series of bilateral agreements which would form the basis of the intensified economic relationship between the two countries in the new situation, with the overcoming of recent challenges. Agreements in respect of regular political consultations, co-operation in the fields of agriculture and labour, and greater flexibility with regard to visa requirements were identified as the appropriate building blocks for consolidating the enhanced relationship. The construction sector and renewable energy were also identified as priority areas for collaboration. (Colombo Gazette)