Norwegian Prime Minister assures support for development in Sri Lanka

Norwegian Prime Minister assures support for development in Sri Lanka

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The Norwegian Prime Minister has assured to extend full support to improve power generation, the fishery industry and information technology. Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg gave this assurance during discussions held with the President and the Prime Minister.

The Norwegian delegation including Prime Minister Erna Solberg met President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat. On arrival at the Presidential Secretariat, the Norwegian Prime Minister was accorded a very warm welcome. The Norwegian leader was accorded a guard of honour and a gun salute.
Recollecting, the long standing friendly ties between the two countries, the two leaders discussed further improving these relations. The Norwegian Prime Minister lauded the initiatives taken by the Government with respect to reconciliation and democracy as well as development. She emphasized her ambition to make Sri Lanka a key tourism centre in her country. The Norwegian leader pointed out that Sri Lanka, which has become a middle income country, should give priority to technical and commercial cooperation rather than obtaining financial assistance.
President Maithripala Sirisena told Erna Solberg that he anticipated foreign support to develop the export sector. He further said that the aim is to develop the country by further strengthening the economy. Sri Lanka’s apparels, gem and jewellery and timber products are of high quality. President Maithripala Sirisena made an appeal to the Norwegian Prime Minister to take measures to grant more market opportunities to these sectors.
Ministers Mangala Samaraweera, Ravi Karunanayake and Mahinda Amaraweera and State Minister Sudarshani Fernadopulle were among those who were present on the occasion.
In the meantime, Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg met Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe. The discussions held at Temple Trees dealt at length on many significant matters related to the future advancement of the two countries.