German Chancellor satisfied with reconciliation process

03German Chancellor Anjela Merkel today expressed her satisfaction with regards to the reconciliation process in Sri Lanka.

She also pledged the assistance of the Government of Germany for the welfare of the northern people, the President’s office said.

She made these remarks when she met President Maithripala Sirisena today at the Office of the German Chancellor.

The President was received by the German leader when he arrived at the Federal Chancellor’s Office. A Guard of Honour was also held to welcome President Sirisena, who is on a 3-day state visit to Germany. After the Guard of Honour, two national anthems were played.

Subsequently, Chancellor Merkel and President Sirisena started bilateral discussions. The discussion was focused on strengthening of bilateral relations between the two countries. Special attention was paid on promoting of economic and trade activities between Germany and Sri Lanka.

The German chancellor expressed her willingness to grant funds for the improvement in the fields of vocational training and renewable energy in Sri Lanka.

Commenting on the ban imposed on Sri Lankan fish exports to Europe, Dr. Merkel said a committee has been appointed to investigate that matter. She said the action will be taken based on the report of the committee.

President Sirisena meanwhile requested assistance for Sri Lanka to regain GSP+ and the German Chancellor said she would look into that.

The President invited the German Chancellor to make a visit to Sri Lanka and she accepted the invitation.

Ministers Mangala Samaraweera, Ravi Karunanayake, Mahinda Samarasinghe, Daya Gamage, Malik Samarawickrama and the Sri Lankan Ambassedor in Germany Karunathilaka Amunugama also were present at this occasion. (Colombo Gazette)

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