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Wednesday, 15 February 2017 - 13:18
Sri Lanka is ready to welcome refugees back home from Australia
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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who is visiting Australia at the invitation of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, held discussions with the Australian Premier at the Parliament House in Canberra today.

Following bilateral discussions between the two sides, the two leaders witnessed the signing of two Memorandums of Understanding on development cooperation and on strengthening cooperation in sport.

Addressing a press conference following their meeting, the Australian Prime Minister said they had a fruitful discussion, reflecting the very deep relationship between Australia and Sri Lanka.

Prime Minister Turnbull and Prime Minister Wickremesinghe have reiterated their joint commitment to combating people smugglers in the Asia-Pacific.

But the Sri Lankan Prime Minister has some frank advice for his citizens in Australia’s offshore detention centres come home

Wickremesinghe issued the message while speaking at a joint press conference with the Australian Prime Minister in Canberra this morning.

Brushing off concerns about alleged human rights abuses his citizens may have faced in detention centres on Manus Island and Nauru, Premier Wickremesinghe, said Sri Lanka was “quite safe” now and they could simply come back.

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