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The President says the Government stance on SAITM will be disclosed within next 2 to 3 days.

President Maithripala Sirisena says the Government stance on SAITM will be disclosed within next 2 to 3 days. All the problematic issues can be solved through negotiations and dialogue. He said this during a religious event in Awissawella . The President further said that all the citizen should be united and take collective efforts to solve national issues.

The Prime Minister says Trincomalee Harbour will also be developed soon.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says in addition to the Colombo and Hambantota harbours Trincomalee Harbour will also be developed soon. At a ceremony held in Kandy recently the Prime Minister said both India and Singapore extend support to port development activities.

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Iraq rebuffs US call to disband Iran-backed militias.

Iraq's prime minister has defended Iran-backed militias, during talks with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson who had criticised their role.

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Pakistan whitewashed the ODI series against Sri Lanka.

Usman Khan picked up five wickets to rattle Sri Lanka in the fifth ODI in Sharjah as Pakistan completed a clean-sweep against Sri Lanka. With a target of 104, Pakistan openers Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman forged an 84-run opening wicket partnership to help Pakistan secure their second whitewash against Sri Lanka.

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UN Special Rapporteur Mr. Pablo de Greiff says that Sri Lanka has achieved a remarkable progress on achieving transitional justice and reconciliation.

UN Special Rapporteur Mr. Pablo de Greiff says that Sri Lanka has achieved a remarkable progress on achieving transitional justice and reconciliation. Mr. Pablo de Greiff travelled across many parts of Sri Lanka including the North and East during the past two weeks and met political leaders including the President and members of civil society and armed forces and legal sector to gather information.

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UN Special Rapporteur says that Sri Lanka has achieved a remarkable progress in achieving transitional justice and reconciliation.

UN Special Rapporteur Mr. Pablo de Greiff says that Sri Lanka has achieved a remarkable progress on achieving transitional justice and reconciliation. Mr. Pablo de Greiff travelled across many parts of Sri Lanka including the North and East during the past two weeks and met representatives of political parties and religious groups and also President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe. He also met senior government officials, representatives of the legal sector including the chief justice and members of the armed forces, victims groups, members of the diplomatic community and academics.

Speaking at a media briefing at the UN Headquarters in Colombo today Mr. Greiff further said that Sri Lanka has made a significant contribution to transitional justice. Sri Lanka moves on to design and implement a robust and comprehensive transitional justice policy. Thereby, Sri Lanka now, has an unprecedented level of support in the international arena. However, Sri Lanka should be further committed to solve the land issues in the north and east securing human right and expedite the hearing of cases concerning political prisoners. The country also needs to prevent the recurrence of incidents of inter-ethnic violence. The Special Rapporteur says that Sri Lanka has the potentials to strengthen the rule of law, foster civic trust and promote social integration and reconciliation.

The Special Rapporteur thanked the civil society members and the government for the support extended and facilities provided for him in his mission to promote truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence.

The State Minister of International Trade on a promotional visit to Italy

State Minister of International Trade Sujeewa Senasinghe who was on a promotional visit to Italy to enhance Sri Lanka’s exports to the EU under GSP+ concessions and to seek the investment potential at large, met the business community in Milan recently. The State Minister met with Dr. Fabrizio Sala, the Vice President of Lombardy Region, the most important and vital economic Region in Italy, which represents 25 percent of the total import and export of Italy, where he had a lengthy discussion on a plethora of potentials of Sri Lanka both in trade, investment and service sectors, including air travel. He also shared the details with other leadning business personalities on the industrial parks that are being initiated in Sri Lanka and invited Italian technology investments in the areas of electrical and electronic sectors and the boat building industry. The Minister also addressed the Sri Lanka Business Forum in Milan.

Sri Lanka proposes the establishment of an “Indian Ocean Development Fund” at the Ministers’ Meeting of The Indian Ocean Rim Association

Minister of Foreign Affairs Tilak Marapana attended the Seventeenth Council of Ministers’ Meeting of the Indian Ocean Rim Association in Durban, South Africa, recently. At the meeting he proposed to establish an Indian Ocean Development Fund, to craft the necessary financial armoury for the future of the Indian Ocean Rim Nations.

The Minister also presented Sri Lanka’s proposal to be the Chair of Indian Ocean Rim Association, for the the period from 2021 to 2023 and thereby to become the Vice-Chair from 2019 to 2021.

The Council welcomed the proposals which will be submitted to the member countries for consideration.

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