Lanka to shift from Geneva to economic diplomacy

HarshaThe Government says it will look to shift focus from the human rights issue in Geneva to discussing economic ties with its foreign partners.

Deputy Foreign Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva said that Sri Lanka has a lot to do post Geneva and will look to engage in economic diplomacy.

Speaking to reporters after assuming duties today, Dr. Harsha de Silva said that the Foreign Ministry will take Sri Lanka’s foreign policy towards the economic front.

He said that earlier the international community spoke of peace in Sri Lanka but now the Government would like more focus to be on the economy by inviting more foreign investments and exporting local products to the foreign markets.

A specialist in economic affairs, Dr. Harsha de Silva said that Sri Lanka’s economic relations had not flourished over the past few years.

He said that Sri Lanka faced several issues in the past but those issues have now been addressed by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. (Colombo Gazette)