Australia and Northern Governor discuss illegal asylum issue

The Australian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka David Holly called on the Governor of the Northern Province Dr. Suren Raghavan at his official residence in Chundikuli, Jaffna.

Their discussion mainly focused on the current status of the Northern Province and development projects being carried out by the Australian Government.

The High Commissioner was briefed in detail on the ‘Vadamarachchi Lagoon’ project which was proposed to resolve the drinking water issues in the Jaffna peninsula.

Commenting on the illegal attempt of Sri Lankan refugees to enter Australia, the High Commissioner said Australia’s Government is taking drastic measures to contain illegal immigrants.

The Governor pointed out that the Australian Government could keep its place internationally by creating a policy on a humanitarian basis in the case of refugees like the Canadian Government.

The Australian High Commissioner stated that he is ready to assist the development of the Northern Province Tourism through the Australian Government High Commission. He also said that they have already contributed to tourism by providing training. He is ready to work with the Governor in this regard.

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