President Mahinda Rajapaksa and New Zealand Prime Minister John Key held
Discussions yesterday in New York.
In a cordial conversation, the two leaders talked about a number of topics, including the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2013 that will take place in Colombo in a little more than a month.
Prime Minister Key told President Rajapaksa that they are looking forward to participate at the CHOGM.
President Rajapaksa invited New Zealand to send representatives to the Commonwealth Business Forum as well; The Prime Minister accepted the invitation and said New Zealand would be able to send representatives to the CBF.
Pointing out that Sri Lanka is a very important market for New Zealand’s dairy sector, Prime Minister Key said that his country has a great deal of technological expertise that it is willing to share to further develop Sri Lanka’s dairy sector.
Prime Minister Key also requested President Rajapaksa to consider supporting New Zealand in its bid for a seat at the United National Security Council for the period 2015-2016.
President Rajapaksa told the Prime Minister that Sri Lanka has not yet decided which country it will support but assured Prime Minister Key that Sri Lnanka will consider his request.