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Friday, November 15, 2013 - 03.46 GMT

Foreign Ministers of Sri Lanka and Australia discuss curbing illegal migration


Foreign Ministers of Australia and Sri Lanka held a discussion on the sidelines of the CHOGM Foreign Ministers.

Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Prof G. L. Peiris, had productive discussion to find solutions to curb irregular maritime arrivals to Australia, the External Affairs Ministry said.

Australian Minister and the Sri Lankan Minister have agreed to cooperate on the Australian initiative "Operation Sovereign Borders".

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has reemphasized Australia's gratitude for the proactive stance taken by Sri Lanka to effectively address the humanitarian challenge of illegal migration.

Minister Peiris has expressed appreciation for Australian government's positive engagement with Sri Lanka and the support and encouragement extended to Sri Lanka to host the Commonwealth Meeting.

The two ministers also discussed the optimum utilizing of AusAid for the socio-economic development of the country and further encouraging investor confidence in carving out a mutually beneficial partnership.

Australian Foreign Minister has also briefed Prof Peiris on the new Colombo Plan which is expected to strengthen involvement in the Asia Pacific region in the field of education.

Aussie Prime Minister Tony Abbott's visit for the Commonwealth Summit in Colombo was highlighted as a re-assuring factor in shaping the course for future Australia - Sri Lanka relations, the Ministry said in a statement.

The Sri Lankan and Australian High Commissioners and the Senior Officials of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs were present at the meeting.





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