PresidentRajapaksa invites Ban Ki-moon to visit SL

PresidentRajapaksa invites Ban Ki-moon to visit SL

Written by Staff Writer

28 Sep, 2014 | 8:30 pm

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has invited UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to undertake another visit to Sri Lanka.President Rajapaksa extended this invitation when he met with Ban Ki-moon for talks at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City on Saturday.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa met with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in New York City on Saturday afternoon on the sidelines of the 69th UN General Assembly.

During the meeting, President Rajapaksa outlined the developments that have taken place, including the near-completion of all de-mining activities,  improvement of health services and the rehabilitation and reintegration of ex-combatants, among other achievements.

The Presidential Media Unit said that the President had invited Ban Ki-moon to the country to assess the development since his last visit.

Meanwhile President Mahinda Rajapaksa also met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday. The Indian Prime Minister informed President Rajapaksa of the discussions that he had, during the recent meeting with the Tamil National Alliance.

In that context, Prime Minister Modi acknowledged the importance of the Parliamentary Select Committee process.On the issue of fishermen, both leaders agreed that the matters must be handled carefully since there are sensitivities among all concerned parties.

Reiterating his concerns about the practice of bottom trawling, President Rajapaksa said that Sri Lankan fishermen in the North perceive it as unjust if Indian fishermen are permitted to carry out bottom-trawling techniques while it is banned for Sri Lankan fishermen.

PIC- Presidential Media Unit

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