Special Assignment Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama today said Sri Lanka was maintaining close diplomatic ties with both India and China and that most of the Chinese funded projects were carried out by the government.
Dr. Amunugama said Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was planning to visit China in April and have discussions with the Chinese President and Prime Minister.
“It is wrong to claim that the government has ruined the diplomatic ties with china. We are maintaining close ties with China and India,” he said.
Referring to President Maithripala Sirisena’s visit to Germany, Dr. Amunugama said it was a crucial visit to the Sri Lankan economy as it would help us to find an international market for local products, which was the best alternative.
Dr. Amunugama said Sri Lanka as a country was not in a position to obtain loans as we had obtained loans to the maximum level.
“Today we are not given loans or not in a position to obtain loans. We have reached the maximum level of obtaining loans. We have had to find alternative methods and the best alternative is to obtain better prices for our exports. We were unable to implement that strategy for the last 10 years due to the war and the failure of the government’s foreign policy,’ he said.
Dr. Amunugama said the exporters were deprived of due privileges of the European Council because of the previous government’s failed foreign policy.
“We lost GSP+ due to the failed foreign policy of the government. It was a huge blow to our fisheries trade and garment industry,” he said. (Ajith Siriwardena)
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paddy Wednesday, 17 February 2016 19:33
U sat in the previous govt kept your mouth shut now talk bull crap . All know our relationship is done with China . You ran behind the so called Western world and sank to the bottam now go behind china.. April visit will not get you anything .
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shantha gamlath Wednesday, 17 February 2016 20:08
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sanjo Wednesday, 17 February 2016 23:05
Seems like he is even afraid to say china alone without saying india. We understand sir.
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Aba Jyasekera Thursday, 18 February 2016 13:12
In the previous Govt. all ministers except Basil were under siege. He would have to comply or get out
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nam Thursday, 18 February 2016 13:30
he is just markling time.
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