FM seeks support from NZ and Commonwealth


New Zealand Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta has agreed to look into the possibility of extending support to Sri Lanka from both New Zealand and the Commonwealth.

The matter was discussed during a meeting between Sri Lanka’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Prof. G.L. Peiris and his New Zealand counterpart that took place yesterday (22), on the sidelines of the CHOGM Summit in Kigali, Rwanda.

Peiris requested the assistance of New Zealand with regard to the development of Sri Lanka’s dairy industry and agro-based industries with a particular reference to the supply chain and logistics. 

The two Ministers also discussed cooperation in the fields of higher education and vocational education with an emphasis on disciplines like computer and information technology, with the aim of making education more relevant from the standpoint of livelihoods.

They also discussed cooperation in ocean-related issues, given the importance both Sri Lanka and New Zealand attach to matters such as climate change, global warming and conservation of ocean resources.

Meanwhile, Prof. Peiris also held bilateral discussions with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Business and Diaspora Relations of Dominica Dr. Kenneth Melchoir Darroux on closer collaboration with the Caribbean region in the fields of trade, tourism and working together in international fora.


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