Swedish Foreign Minister to visit Sri Lanka
At the meeting Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt had with Sri Lankan ambassador he asked whether Sri Lanka was able to rebuild the country and bring the country to normalcy after it was affected by Tsunami in 2004 and also after the country has managed to overcome the three decade long ethnic conflict.
According to Sri Lanka’s Ambassador Oshadi Alahapperuma, he met the Swedish Foreign Minister at the Minister's office on Monday.
It is also learnt that Carl Bildt has shown keen interest in the implementation of the LLRC Resolutions and the prevailing conditions of the resettled displaced persons, not only in the Northern Province, but also in the East too.
Ambassador Oshadi Alahapperuma has explained that Sri Lanka Government has taken measures to resettle the displaced persons and only another less than five thousands persons are to be resettled before the end of this year. Sri Lankan Ambassador has also explained the measures the Government is taking to bring about reconciliation. He explained that the home grown solution is applied to bring the country to normalcy.
He also further pointed that the Government has taken adequate measures to implement those LLRC resolutions and said that the domestic process is on and would be completed soon.
Ambassador Oshadi Alahapperuma explained to the Swedish Foreign Minister that Sri Lankan Government has taken measures to bring about normalcy in the country and has come up with extensive development program in the Northern Province, which was badly affected by the three decade long war with the terrorists.
Sri Lankan Ambassador has also pointed out that Sweden can play a leading role in resettlement, in the Country's infrastructure development, trade and also in the rehabilitation of more than ten thousand former Tamil combatants, who are now united with their families after a rehabilitation process.
It has been also pointed out that Sri Lanka is a democratic country and there is freedom of speech and expression and journalist are free to write their views without fear or threat.
Sri Lankan Ambassador has extended an invitation to the Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt to Visit Sri Lanka and see for himself the North and Eastern provinces and the amount of development activities the Sri Lankan Government has undertaken.
Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt accepted the invitation to visit Sri Lanka and told the Ambassador that he is waiting for such a visit in the near future.
In the meantime when the Swedish Foreign Minister learnt that Ambassador Oshadi Alahapperuma is the most youngest ambassador from Sri Lanka, and he expressed his appreciation and said that countries should promote youngsters and entrust responsibilities to them to build a country.
He also appreciated the Ambassadors mastery of the Russian language and told that the Sri Lanka's Embassy in Sweden is also accredited to Baltic Countries such as Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania and the Ambassador’s knowledge of Russian language will in a great way help in building good friendly and bilateral relationships with those countries.
Sri Lankan Embassy in Sweden is also accredited to Denmark, Iceland and Finland.
- Asian Tribune -