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    Turkey Foreign Minister commends Sri Lanka's progress

    May 29, 2014

    Professor G.L. Peiris, Minister of External Affairs, held bilateral discussions with  Ahmet Davutoglu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, on Wednesday (28) on the sidelines of the 17th Ministerial Meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement in Algiers.

    Minister Davutoglu paid tribute to the resilience Sri Lanka had shown in its recovery from the tsunami calamity, soon after which he had visited the country, and also in respect of the impressive progress which Sri Lanka had made after the eradication of terrorism. With direct airline connectivity now established between Colombo and Istanbul, Turkey’s Foreign Minister had no doubt about the potential for further expansion of trade and tourism. He expressed interest in sending young diplomats from Turkey for exposure to  training programmes offered in Sri Lanka.


    The two Ministers noted a substantial overlap in the challenges confronting their countries and agreed on the need for closer political collaboration. They also decided to strengthen the Joint Economic Commission, chaired by the Minister of Commerce of Sri Lanka and the Minister of Finance of Turkey.  


    They discussed their common experience in expanding co-operation with countries in Africa and Latin America as a central feature of their current foreign policy initiatives.

    Turkey Foreign Minister with GL 2

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