Sri Lanka gets second visit by UK Foreign Office Minister
EconomyNext – The United Kingdom’s Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire will pay a second visit to Sri Lanka from 28-30 January to discuss the new government’s reforms and also human rights issues with non-governmental outfits.
Swire is Minister of State at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and responsible for, among other subjects South Asia (excluding Pakistan), public diplomacy, drugs and international crime.
A British High Commission statement said Swire will call on senior ministers including Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to discuss the new government’s reform programme and areas of potential co-operation.
“I am delighted to be visiting Sri Lanka again so soon after the recent elections, and welcome the early progress made by President Maithripala Sirisena towards a more democratic and accountable government," it quoted Swire as saying.
“It is encouraging to see such a renewed desire for peace and reconciliation following past instability. The UK will do all it can to support Sri Lanka as it moves towards a brighter future.”
During his visit Swire will meet representatives from NGOs to discuss human rights issues.
He will also travel to Jaffna to meet the Chief Minister of the Northern Provincial Council and civil society, and visit the British Council in Jaffna, where significant work is being undertaken to improve access to English language training.