UK Minister for Asia and the Pacific visits to North and meets Sampanthan
UK Minister for Asia and the Pacific Mark Field is to visit Sri Lanka to discuss reconciliation, demining and the illegal wildlife trade.
The visit to Colombo and Jaffna on the 5th and 6th October is Field’s first official visit to Sri Lanka since becoming Foreign Office Minister for Asia and the Pacific.
“The UK and Sri Lanka are long-standing friends, and we are committed to supporting Sri Lanka achieve its commitments on reconciliation and human rights. I welcome the Sri Lankan Government’s commitment to reconciliation and strengthening democracy. I am looking forward to talking with the Government and affected communities about the additional steps that are needed to deliver long-term peace and stability for all Sri Lankans,” Field said.
During his two-day visit he will meet Minister of Foreign Affairs Tilak Marapana, Minister of Finance and Media Mangala Samaraweera, Leader of the Opposition R. Sampanthan, Speaker of Parliament Karu Jayasuriya and Governor of the Northern Province Reginald Cooray, the British High Commission in Colombo said.