Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Belgium and Head of Mission to the European Union Grace Asirwatham paid a courtesy call on Secretary General of the European External Action Service (EEAS) Stefano Sannino in Brussels, on 04 October 2021.
Ambassador Asirwatham briefed the Secretary General on the status of bilateral relations and the ongoing productive engagement on a range of issues including controlling COVID-19 and inoculation drive in the country, trade under the GSP Plus scheme, trade facilitation, investment, development assistance, etc.
Secretary General Sannino noted that the bilateral relations between Sri Lanka and the EU have taken roots in many areas of cooperation over the years under the framework of the Partnership Cooperation Agreement and expressed confidence that these relations will continue to grow to contribute to the economic development of Sri Lanka. Secretary General Sannino while appreciating the constructive engagement with Sri Lanka last week by the GSP Plus Monitoring Mission and the successful conduct of the fifth meeting of the EU – Sri Lanka Working Group on Governance, Rule of Law and Human Rights on 29 September 2021, remarked that the EU expected the progress being made in the identified areas to continue until the desired results were achieved in a timely manner.
The Secretary General further said that the EU will continue to support Sri Lanka to address the COVID-19 related issues. In addition to bilateral cooperation, Secretary General expressed keenness to engage Sri Lanka in the EU’s programs in Asia such as EU-Asia Connectivity Strategy and the EU’s Indo-Pacific Strategy.
The discussion was held in a cordial atmosphere.
Embassy of Sri Lanka
08 October 2021