Australia offers to support reconciliation efforts

The Australian Government today offered to support Sri Lanka as it makes progress on national reconciliation.Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop congratulated Prime Minister Wickremesinghe on his re-election, following the peaceful and orderly parliamentary elections on 17 August 2015. “We look forward to working with Prime Minister Wickremesinghe’s government to further develop our strong bilateral relationship and to address shared regional and global challenges,” she said. Bishop noted that Australia has a close and long-standing bilateral relationship with Sri Lanka and that both countries are working closely with Sri Lanka to grow trade and investment and increase cooperation on security and transnational crime, particularly countering people smuggling. (Colombo Gazette)

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