Lanka’s forward march lauded
Britain is happy to see Sri Lanka proceeding on a rapid development
path after defeating terrorism, said new British High Commissioner John
Rankin when he called on Prime Minister D M Jayaratne at the Prime
Minister’s office Wednesday.
He said there has been a revival of tourism in Sri Lanka after the
ending of the war and over 100,000 Britons had visited the country
during the last year. Rankin said the Government had given priority for
the development of infrastructure, agriculture and industries in the
North and this was visible during his recent visit to the North.
He said a group of investors from Northern Ireland would visit Sri
Lanka shortly to seek investment opportunities in the country. Britain
will help Sri Lanka in achieving its development targets.
Prime Minister D M Jayaratne said Sri Lanka has started a new journey
after ending the 30 year war. The development program launched by it,
specially in the North, was visible to anyone visiting the area.
He said it was timely to further strengthen the national friendship
and cooperation between the two countries. He said Sri Lanka was ready
to provide all facilities for foreign investors.
Prime Minister’s Secretary S Amarasekera was also present.