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Tuesday, May 01, 2012 - 03.45 GMT
Australia commends SL’s development efforts


Sri Lanka has made an enormous effort in development in almost all sectors after the conflict and Austria is ready to help achieve Sri Lanka’s development targets, Austrian State Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Dr Wolfgang Waldner said.

He said Austria has focused on investment opportunities and closer trade ties between the two countries, he said speaking to Daily News.
“We have identified a number of development projects for investment,” he said. The Austrian deputy minister said his country will invest in projects including the Kataragama sewerage system development and various infrastructure projects worth over 100 million euros in Sri Lanka.

Waldner said he focused on economic and political ties between the two countries during his meeting with Deputy Minister of External AffairsNeomalPerera and Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa.

The Austrian deputy foreign minister said the LTTE was proscribed in the European Union when his country was holding the presidency and it leaves no room for LTTE remnants. No LTTE activists are operating in Austria, he said.

The Australian Minister said the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) will help promote reconciliation among communities in the aftermath of conflict and hoped that the government will implement the LLRC recommendations.





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