Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has held discussions with Australia’s Minister of Home Affairs Clare O’Neil today.
The Minister expressed Australia’s continued support for Sri Lanka and the Sri Lankan government’s efforts to stabilize the economy.
The Prime Minister explained that Sri Lanka is focussed on developing an export-oriented economy that will be open to investments from overseas.
Minister O’Neil said the Australian government is keen on promoting Australian investments in Sri Lanka, while also continuing to drive up Australian tourism to Sri Lanka.
While explaining that the Australian government is preparing to develop shipping lines, the Minister explained her administration’s policy regarding maritime security and human smuggling.
The Prime Minister stated that the Lankan government and security forces remain committed to ensuring a halt to human smuggling.
The Home Affairs Minister also extended an offer to assist Sri Lanka with restructuring and further developing the Sri Lanka Customs.
The Prime Minister extended his gratitude to the Australian government for providing a $50 million development-assistance package to Sri Lanka.