Senegal President Abdoulaye Wade said he looks forward to working closely with Sri Lanka in the new situation which has arisen since the eradication of terrorism.
President Abdoulaye Wade met with External Affairs Minister Professor G.L. Peiris in Dakar,Senegal on Monday.
President Wade recalled with pleasure the meeting he had with President Rajapaksa in September last year on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.
The External Affairs Minister referred to the resolve of Sri Lanka, as a significant feature of its foreign policy, to strengthen traditional and historic ties with countries in the continent of Africa.
He recalled the 50th Anniversary meeting of the Asian African Legal Consultative Committee, hosted by Sri Lanka in Colombo last year, and emphasized the strong bond between Sri Lanka and Senegal as countries which show solidarity in applying the principles of the Non_Aligned Movement in addressing current regional and global issues.
The External Affairs Minister expressed appreciation of the active participation of Senegal in the work of the Group of 15 of which Sri Lanka is at present the Chair.
Thanking Senegal for its consistent support extended to Sri Lanka in multilateral fora, Minister Peiris briefed the President of Senegal comprehensively on developments in Sri Lanka with regard to reconstruction and reconciliation initiatives, the Report of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission, and the Government’s plans regarding the way forward.
The Minister informed the President of Senegal of the new vistas of opportunity opening up in Sri Lanka for extended relations between the two countries in respect of trade, investment and tourism.
Apart from the discussion with the President of Senegal, Prof. Peiris also had a meeting with Mr. Maitre Madicke Niang, Minister of State and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Senegal, and with Mr. Cheik Tidianesy, Minister of Justice, and Mr. Mousthaph Sourang, Minister of Defence of Senegal.