Minister of Foreign Affairs Prof. G.L. Peiris met representatives of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (UNFAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) to discuss Sri Lanka’s food security.
Vimlendra Sharan, FAO representative and Abdur Rahim Siddiqui, the Country Director WFP participated in the meeting.
Prof. Peiris conveyed the Government’s sincere appreciation to FAO and WFP for their assistance towards developing agriculture, fisheries and livestock resources.
While outlining multiple challenges currently faced by the country, the Foreign Minister also thanked the representatives for providing guidance and support to the Government at this difficult juncture.
Both groups of representatives assured the Minister that they will extend full support for Sri Lanka to overcome challenges related to food security and briefed on their current activities to mitigate any potential food security challenges.
The Minister stated that Sri Lanka and the United Nations enjoy close, longstanding and cordial relations and that the UN has supported Sri Lanka in times of difficulty.
In this context, the Minister referred to the request made by the Prime Minister to the UN Secretary-General and the Director General of FAO for technical support and assistance to augment food production in the country.