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Saturday, September 06, 2014 - 05.30 GMT
Spain Understands the Impact of Terrorism, Spanish FM tells President

 

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain Mr. Josť
Manuel Garcia-Margalloy Marfil called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees this morning.

The discussion focused on strengthening both diplomatic and economic relations between the two nations. The Minister also spoke of Spainís struggle with fighting terrorism and told President Rajapaksa that Spain understands well the impact of terrorism because his country too has suffered from it for many years.

President Rajapaksa explained the many different measures Sri Lanka took to address the immediate post-war needs of the North and East, including demining, resettlement, reconstruction and rehabilitation.

ďI believe itís much better to let the society rehabilitate them,Ē President Rajapaksa said about the Governmentís decision to quickly release ex-LTTE cadres back to society.

ďItís theright way to go, but itís not easy,Ē Minister Margallo responded.
The President also described how educational opportunities have drasticallyimproved in the former war-affected areas. He explained how, earlier, students in the North and East had very few educational facilities in the midst of war which caused them to lag behind their counterparts in other parts of the country. However, now, students from that region are among the ones who perform the best from the entire island in national exams.

While strengthening diplomatic relations between the two countries, the Minister said his country is also particularly interested in enhancing economic relations with Sri Lanka. He further said that Spain is considering a more permanent representation from Spain to Sri Lanka. Mr. Margallo also requested Sri Lanka to consider supporting Spainís candidacy for a non-permanent seat at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for the term 2015-2016.

In addition to the five permanent members, the UNSC comprises often non-
permanent members who are elected for two-year terms.

President Rajapaksa said his Government will take the request into consideration.

Prior to the conclusion of the meeting, Minister Margallo said Spain is lookingforward to a visit by President Rajapaksa.

A high-member delegation, including the Honorary Consul of Spain in Sri Lanka Ms. Priya Jayawardane, accompanied the Minister.

Minister of External Affairs Prof. G.L. Peiris, Monitoring MP of the Ministry of External Affairs Mr. Sajin de Vass Gunawardena, Secretary to the President Mr. Lalith Weeratunga and Secretary to the Ministry of External Affairs Mrs. Kshenuka Senewiratne were present for the meeting.

 

 
 
   
   
     
   
   

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