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PM to address Int’l Symposium at University of Bologna

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa will be addressing an International Symposium at the University of Bologna, Italy, during this weekend, said Foreign Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris.

Accordingly, the Prime Minister will be delivering the Keynote Address at the opening session. Minister Peiris added that this opportunity will be one of the best avenues to showcase our country’s ancient history and cultural heritage to the world as many European  leaders will be participating in the symposium. “This will be an appropriate opportunity to refute the myths and tainted ideas propagated about the country and present a realistic view about Sri Lanka to the International community”, he added.

Moreover, he added that the Prime Minister will be having discussions with Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio,

European Parliament Chairman David Sassoli and President of Slovenia Borut Pahor. The Minister noted that at the same time, the 48th session of the Human Rights Council will be in Geneva, and he will be attending it virtually. The Minister further said that a detailed report will be presented to the Geneva Council on the progress achieved in spite of the formidable challenge of COVID-19. “Despite the constraints of COVID-19, the country has been able to move forward in all sectors.

Therefore, details pertaining to our achievements will be projected in Geneva,” he added. The Minister also added that terrorism is not only limited to Asian countries, but it is a menace to the entire humankind. “The absolute brutality of terrorism is made clear from the recent despicable incident which occurred in New Zealand. Therefore, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has directed to support the ongoing investigations of the New Zealand incident by offering the services of our Intelligence Services”, he added. Meanwhile, Prof. Peiris also appreciated the move taken by the United Kingdom to extend the ban on LTTE. “The LTTE made several efforts to lift the ban, but it was unsuccessful. Although military action has stopped, at the political level, they are continuing to pose a threat to the stability and the tranquility of countries. With the ban extended by the UK, we believe that the other countries will also take action accordingly,” he added. He further said that certain parties in the country are fishing in troubled waters, yet the Government is adhering to the strategic development plans that were promised.

“Currently, we see that the youth is disappointed and has lost hopes about their future, yet we remind that we were laying the foundation for massive progressive activities. But, unfortunately, the outer world does not see foundations, and it is only seen by those who lay the foundation. Therefore, do not scatter the hopes; a promising future is yet to come,” The Minster said.

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