Sri Lanka PM meets Myanmar leader
May 14, 2017 16:37 PM GMT+0530 | 0 Comment(s)
ECONOMYNEXT - Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe has met Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi promising support to strengthen democracy.
A statement from Prime Minister Wickremasinghe's office quoted the Suu Kyi as saying that the key challenge facing her country was establishing a strong democracy.
Wickremasinghe has promised to send a group of Sri Lankan parliamentarians to Myanmar.
After the end of military rule, Burma's Buddhist nationalists have started to discriminate against minority Muslim Rohingiya population.
Mis-using the popular vote and freedom from speech to spread nationalist hate against religious and linguistic minorities has been a problem in many countries that ended feudal or colonial rule.
Wickramesinghe himself came to power ending a resurgence of nationalist hate in Sri Lanka.
Prime Minister Wickremasinghe is visiting Beijing to join a conference on China's 'One Belt, One Road' initiative.
China is using Myanmar to open a second land and sea route to China from the Indian Ocean, where Sri Lanka's Hambantota is also expected to be connected. (Colombo/May14/2017)