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First Visit of the Minister of Foreign And European Affairs of Luxembourg,H.E. Mr. Jean Asselborn to Sri Lanka

Published Monday February 03 2020

Following the invitation of the Minister of Foreign Relations of Sri Lanka, H.E. Mr. Dinesh Gunawardena, the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs and Minister of Immigration and Asylum, H.E. Mr. Jean Asselborn, went to Sri Lanka for an official visit on 30 January 2020.

On this occasion, Minister Asselborn was received by the President of Sri Lanka, H.E. Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, as well as by the Prime Minister, H.E. Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa. He also had a bilateral meeting and a working lunch with the Minister of Foreign Relations.

The bilateral talks focused, among other important topics, on the challenges that have to be overcome by Sri Lanka in order to consolidate peace after the Civil War, which ended in 2009.

Minister Asselborn and his counterpart addressed the efforts of the Sri Lankan government in the areas of good governance, human rights and the reconciliation process. In this context, Minister Asselborn stressed that "the implementation of resolution 30/1 of the Human Rights Council, especially concerning the efforts with regards to reconciliation and justice, is essential in this context". Minister Asselborn also highlighted that economic development goes hand in hand with the strengthening of the rule of law.

The discussions also focused on the bilateral relations, the regional situation in South Asia, as well as the relations between Sri Lanka and its neighbours.

Minister Asselborn took this opportunity to identify with his counterpart ways to strengthen the bilateral relations between both countries. The ministers discussed the importance of economic, commercial and financial relations and the various possibilities for deepening them, particularly in the fields of green finance, ICT and tourism.

Luxembourg accredited its first Ambassador to Sri Lanka, H.E. Mr. Jean Claude Kugener, who is co-accredited from New Delhi and presented his credentials to the President of Sri Lanka on 20 January 2020. Last year, a Luxembourg Consulate was opened in Sri Lanka, and Mrs, Suwanitha Senanayake was appointed Luxembourg's first Honorary Consul in Colombo.

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