Foreign Minister of Sweden to arrive in Sri Lanka for talks

Margot Wallstrom, Minister for Foreign Affairs of SwedenMargot Wallstrom, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden will be in Sri Lanka next week for talks.

Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera is scheduled to receive the Swedish Foreign Minister at the Foreign Ministry on Monday.

During the visit, Minister Wallström is expected to call on President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and also meet with the Speaker of Parliament.

A seven member trade delegation comprising leading Swedish companies Ericsson, Volvo, ABB, SAAB, Scania, AXIS Communication, and Icomera is accompanying the Swedish Foreign Minister to Sri Lanka.

A high level “Business Round Table discussion” will be held on 25 April with the participation of Swedish Companies at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel, in cooperation with the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce. This interactive Session is aimed at encouraging stronger business links between the two countries. Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Harsha de Silva and Minister Wallström are expected to address the event.

The Foreign Minister of Sweden will visit Jaffna on 26 April where she will meet the Governor and Chief Minister of the Northern Province and the District Secretary of Jaffna. She will also meet with civil society, visit an IDP Welfare Camp and visit the Maravanpulo SDC Housing Project.

Being a strong advocate of women’s rights, Minister Wallström is scheduled to deliver a lecture at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute of International Relations and Strategic Studies (LKIIRSS) on 25 April on the topic “Role of Feminism in Foreign Policy: Sweden’s Feminist Foreign Policy ”.

The visit is expected to contribute towards renewing relations between the two countries and enhance opportunities for trade cooperation.

Minister Wallström had served in Sri Lanka from 1998 to 1999 as the Executive Vice President of the World View Global Media. (Colombo Gazette)


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