New Zealand’s Foreign Minister Mr. Murray McCully called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees yesterday (Aug. 29) evening. During the meeting, Mr. McCully told President Rajapaksa that New Zealand stands ready to assist Sri Lanka further develop the country’s dairy sector.
Minister McCully said that during his previous visit to Sri Lanka , officials of both countries had discussed measures to increase liquid milk production and expand Sri Lanka ’s dairy sector. He expressed New Zealand ’s willingness to expedite these plans and proposed that the two countries sign an MOU in this regard when Prime Minister John Key comes to Sri Lanka to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in November.
Mr. McCully also told the President that he wants to reassure Sri Lanka of “the commitment of our country [ New Zealand ] to maintain high-quality standards.”
The Deputy Secretary of Americas and Asia of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Ms. Andrea Smith, the High Commissioner of New Zealand appointed to Sri Lanka Mrs. Jan Henderson and the Deputy High Commissioner of New Zealand to Sri Lanka Ms. Wendy Matthews were a part of the New Zealand delegation.
Minister of External Affairs Prof. G.L. Peiris, Minister of Health Mr. Maithripala Sirisena, Secretary to the President Mr. Lalith Weeratunga, Secretary to the Ministry of External Affairs Mr. Karunatilaka Amunugama, Secretary to the Ministry of Health Dr. Nihal Jayathilaka , Sri Lanka ’s High Commissioner accredited to New Zealand , Rear admiral. Tisara Samarasinghe and the Director General at the Ministry of Health Dr. Palitha Mahipala also joined the discussion.