Foreign Minister Peiris expresses gratitude for EU support to curb COVID-19

Foreign Minister Peiris expresses gratitude for EU support to curb COVID-19

Foreign Minister Peiris expresses gratitude for EU support to curb COVID-19

Written by Amani Nilar

23 Aug, 2021 | 4:41 pm

COLOMBO (News 1st): Newly appointed Foreign Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris met Ambassador of the European Union Delegation to Sri Lanka Denis Chaibi at the Foreign Ministry and discussed the collaboration of political and economic spheres.

Foreign Minister Peiris expressed his sincere appreciation for the EU’s contribution to the COVAX facility in supporting global vaccine equity and research, as well as the support extended to Sri Lanka in addressing challenges related to COVID-19.

The EU Ambassador Chaibi apprised Foreign Minister Peiris on EU support and collaboration in the aftermath of the X-Press Pearl marine environmental disaster off the coast of Sri Lanka, as well as in enhancing Sri Lanka’s disaster preparedness in the future.

Sri Lanka’s regular engagement within the EU-Sri Lanka Joint Commission framework, as well as constructive cooperation existing under the EU GSP Plus monitoring process, including action underway by the Government on issues of relevance, were also discussed.

Foreign Minister Peiris reiterated the significance of EU-Sri Lanka trade relations which continues to be mutually beneficial with potential for further expansion. Matters related to cooperation in the fishery sector were also discussed.

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