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GL emphasized passage for SL fishermen through Maldivian waters


 Minister Prof. G.L Peiris receives Maldivian Foreign Minister Dunya Maumoon

The right of passage for Sri Lankan fishermen through Maldivian waters as a means of access to the high seas was among the matters taken up by Professor G.L. Peiris, Minister of External Affairs, at the Joint Commission with the Maldives at the Ministry of External Affairs on Wednesday.

Practical strategies by the two countries to derive the maximum benefit for their people from the evolving concept of the blue ocean, with proper management of the exploitation of marine resources, formed a central theme of the discussions. South – South co-operation, especially in respect of value addition, through canning, filleting and other forms of processing of fisheries products, so as to ensure optimal benefits from exports, received emphasis. Matters connected with shipping, disaster management and research in diverse fields of oceanography, received the attention of the two delegations.

Chinese President to visit Sri Lanka

The President of the People’s Republic of China, His Excellency Xi Jinping will be undertaking a State visit to Sri Lanka from 16th to 17th September 2014, at the invitation of President Mahinda Rajapaksa. It would be recalled that President Rajapaksa paid a landmark State visit to China in May 2013 during which both leaders agreed to elevate the bilateral relations to a ‘Strategic Cooperation Partnership’, by substantially expanding the mandate for engagement.

A number of bilateral Agreements and MOUs are expected to be signed during the forthcoming visit. President Xi will be accompanied by First Lady, Madam Peng Liyuan and a high level official delegation. This will be the first visit by a Head of State of China to Sri Lanka in 28 years.

Ministry of External Affairs
9th September 2014 



The consequences of external intervention in the domestic affairs of countries, and the havoc it has caused resulting in the loss of precious human lives and the governability of nations being placed at risk, are today evident in many parts of the world, and the people of Sri Lanka certainly have no wish to exchange the peace and stability they now enjoy for this state of affairs, Professor G.L. Peiris, Minister of External Affairs, remarked in the course of the bilateral discussion he held at the Ministry of External Affairs yesterday (8th September 2014) with Mr. Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cuba.

Joint Statement between Sri Lanka and Japan

~A New Partnership between Maritime Countries ~

The Prime Minister of Japan, His Excellency Shinzo Abe paid an Official Visit to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka from 7 to 8 September 2014, on the invitation extended by the President of Sri Lanka, His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa, during his Official Working Visit to Japan in March 2013. This is the first visit to Sri Lanka by a Prime Minister of Japan in 24 years since 1990.

At the conclusion of the official talks between the Sri Lankan and Japanese delegations, led by the two leaders at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo today (7th September 2014), the attached Joint Statement  was issued.

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Ministry of External Affairs


7th September 2014


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