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Thursday, 16 February 2017 - 8:00
Australian PM assures fullest support towards Sri Lanka
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Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull gave his assurance that he fully supported Sri Lanka’s new economic reforms, with the hope of becoming the economic and financial hub of the Indian Ocean, and to strengthen the bilateral economic, political, and social relations between the two nations.

Meeting with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and his delegation at the Parliamentary premises in Canberra yesterday, the Australian Premier said he appreciated the visit made by his Sri Lankan counterpart, at this time where the two states are marking the 70th Anniversary of their diplomatic relations.

A welcoming ceremony had been organized for Prime Minister Wickremesinghe, to mark the occasion of the premier being the first Sri Lankan Prime Minister, who participated in bilateral discussions in Australia since Sir John Kotalawala in 1954.

During the official bilateral discussions, Prime Minister Turnbull commended the path that Sri Lanka has entered under the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena , to establish economic development , national harmony and reconciliation in the country.

He assured the premier of Australia’s support for Sri Lanka at all times as they consider the nation to be one of its old friends.

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