The President’s office quoted Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera as saying that while Sri Lanka is working on trade agreements with India and Pakistan, it will expand it with China as well in the future.
Samaraweera said this at a ceremony attended by President Maithripala Sirisena to welcome a group of new foreign envoys to the country.
Speaking to the diplomats President Sirisena said the foreign policy of Sri Lanka is to be friendly to every country in the world.
“Our objective is to provide what is best for our people offered by foreign countries,” he said.
President Sirisena further said that Sri Lanka is determined to achieve development and eliminate poverty from the country. He said this will help ensure reconciliation in the country.
He was speaking after accepting credentials from new ambassadors of Portugal, Ireland, Mexico and Greece.
Meanwhile, Mrs. Melba Pria Olavarriet, the new Mexican Ambassador in Sri Lanka, speaking at the ceremony said that while Sri Lankan tea is famous throughout the world, Sri Lankan cinnamon is equally popular in Mexico and 80% of the cinnamon requirement comes from Sri Lanka.
“Sri Lanka and Greece has been continuing trade relations for a long time. The two countries should further strengthen the cooperation on naval and maritime affairs,” the new Greek Ambassador Panos Kalogeropoulos said.
Joado Carmo Ataide da Camara, Ambassador of the Republic of Portugal stated that Portugal and Sri Lanka should improve their friendship and cooperation.
Brian McElduff, the Irish Ambassador said that there are similarities between the education systems of the Ireland and Sri Lanka and the two countries can enhance their cooperation in education. “We can share our experience on this regard,”he said. (Colombo Gazette)