Sri Lanka makes strong bid to save GSP during talks with EU

Sri Lanka today made a strong bid to save the GSP Plus trade concession, during talks with a European Union (EU) delegation.

Foreign Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris welcomed the constructive, cordial and regular engagement between Sri Lanka and the EU in the meeting with a five-member delegation from the EU held at the Foreign Ministry today.

The EU mission to Sri Lanka was led by Senior Advisor, Directorate General for Trade of the European Commission Nikolaos Zaimis, and Head of Division for South Asia of the European External Action Service (EEAS) Ioannis Giogkarakis-Argyropoulos.

The meeting entailed discussion on EU – Sri Lanka cooperation and Sri Lanka’s engagement with the EU on matters of relevance.

In the discussion, Foreign Minster Peiris apprised the EU delegation, inter alia, on progress in reconciliation, review of Prevention of Terrorism Act, engagement with civil society, SDG 16 initiative, and Sri Lanka’s cooperation in the Human Rights Council.

The Foreign Minister observed that Sri Lanka’s relations with the EU are wide ranging and mutually beneficial, including in the spheres of economic and development cooperation.  The EU being Sri Lanka’s second largest export destination (in 2020), the Foreign Minister highlighted the positive contribution of EU GSP plus benefits in upgrading the livelihoods of communities in the country.

In discussions with the Minister, the EU delegation welcomed the multifaceted engagement between Sri Lanka and the EU, and reassured of continued cooperation.

During the visit, the EU delegation participated in meetings related to the EU – Sri Lanka Joint Commission process and the EU GSP plus Third Cycle of Review process (2020/2021). The meetings were attended by a broad range of stakeholders from Government comprising over 30 line agencies.

The delegation comprised senior officials from the European Commission and the EEAS, and the visit was part of Sri Lanka’s ongoing and regular engagement with the EU.  The mission also met other senior interlocutors in Government during the visit.

The Ambassador of the Delegation of the European Union to Colombo Denis Chaibi, Foreign Secretary Admiral Prof. Jayanath Colombage and senior officials of the Foreign Ministry participated in the meeting. (Colombo Gazette)

3 COMMENTS

  1. Sri Lankan Foreign Ministers begs Europeans and the UN to keep things positive, but the foolish thugs spoil everything by threatening the prisoners with a gun. And also the President gives a public speech ‘I dragged him and killed him like a dog.’

    South Asia has multiplied foolishness in billions. It can not unwind the damage. For me, it has gone beyond the repairable stage.

  2. Sri Lankan Foreign Ministers beg Europeans and the UN to keep things positive, but the foolish thugs spoil everything by threatening the prisoners with a gun. And also the President gives public speeches ‘I dragged him and killed him like a dog.’

    South Asia has multiplied foolishness in billions. It can not unwind the damage. For me, it has gone beyond the repairable stage.

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