President to discuss concerns on FTA with Singapore PM

President Maithripala Sirisena will hold talks with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong during a working visit Sirisena is undertaking to Singapore from today.

The President left for Singapore today and is expected to discuss concerns on the Sri Lanka – Singapore Free Trade Agreement (SLFTA) during his meeting with the Singapore Prime Minister.

The Singapore Foreign Ministry said that President Sirisena will make a working visit to Singapore from 23 to 25 January 2019 to attend and deliver a keynote speech at the Third Forum of Ministers and Environment Authorities of Asia Pacific, organised by the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources and the UN Environment.

During his visit, President Sirisena will be hosted to lunch by President Halimah Yacob and have a meeting with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, the Singapore Foreign Ministry said.

Last month President Sirisena had noted that the report of the Presidential Commission on the Sri Lanka – Singapore Free Trade Agreement had highlighted that the agreement had been rushed without proper consent of stakeholder institutions.

Sri Lanka and Singapore signed the Free Trade Agreement on 23 January 2018 during the official visit of Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to Colombo. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. The Singapore government wanted to help the Sri Lankan government to improve the Sri Lankan airline’s profitability. However those corrupted Sri Lankan leaders said thanks but no thanks, because they were only concerned about their own pockets not the country.


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