European Commission says Freedom of Expression is essential in Sri Lanka , & GSP+ to be assessed soon

European Commission says Freedom of Expression is essential in Sri Lanka , & GSP+ to be assessed soon

European Commission says Freedom of Expression is essential in Sri Lanka , & GSP+ to be assessed soon

Written by Zulfick Farzan

03 Oct, 2022 | 10:58 am

COLOMBO (News 1st) – Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission congratulating President Ranil Wickremesinghe on his election as the President of the Democratic of Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka has assured its support to the government of Sri Lanka for the efforts to overcome the crisis successfully.

Issuing a statement, Ursula von der Leyen noted that at a time of unprecedented challenges faced by the people of Sri Lanka, the European Union remains committed to support Sri Lanka’s efforts to overcome the crisis successfully, including the necessary reforms that will bring the country back to a path of inclusive prosperity and lasting national reconciliation.

She further stated that in this process, freedom of expression and assembly, dialogue among all stakeholders, as well as respect for the rule of law and fundamental rights will remain essential.

She has also made a reference to the assessment by the European Union on the progress made by Sri Lanka on GSP+ commitments. Accordingly, the European Union will assess the progress made on Sri Lanka’s GSP+ commitments very soon.

The report is scheduled to be released towards the latter part of this year or early 2023.

She also commended the success in the efforts to introduce and steer policies that will ensure the short and long-term interests of all Sri Lankans and address the devastating efforts of the unprecedented economic downturn as well as the negotiations with international financial institutions and creditors.

Ursula von der Leyen expressed her interest in working closely to strengthen further the ties and cooperation, based on commitments to shared values and common interests.

Source: President's Media Division

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