President Maithripala Sirisena, who is in New York, held a bilateral meeting with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at the UN Headquarters.
President Sirisena appreciated the assistance given by the Government of Australia to Sri Lanka for the country’s development drive and the Australian Prime Minister also extended his gratitude to the Government of Sri Lanka and the President for the cooperation extended towards Australia to curb human smuggling.
He said the Government of Australia has a very liberal and humanitarian policy and welcomes genuine migrants. However, he said stern actions have to be taken regarding organized human trafficking by criminal groups and in some situations it is connected to drug smuggling.
He also said that it is not only a concern to Australia, but also the region. In these circumstances Australia is very grateful for Sri Lanka for the cooperation extended to them in this regard. (Colombo Gazette)