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Lanka keen on reducing marine pollution: Vasantha Senanayake

State Minister Vasantha Senanayake with Prime Minister of Malta Joseph Muscat.
State Minister Vasantha Senanayake with Prime Minister of Malta Joseph Muscat.

Sri Lanka continues to pay keen attention on reducing marine pollution. As marine pollution is an acute environmental, social and economic impact affecting almost every corner of the world’s oceans, Sri Lanka believes that reducing land pollution is essential to deal effectively with ocean pollution, said Foreign Affairs State Minister Vasantha Senanayake.

The State Minister was addressing the ‘Our Ocean’ conference in Malta held from October 5 – 6. He returned to the island last Sunday (08).

State Minister Senanayake added that in a bid to make Sri Lanka polythene-free and to find a sustainable solution to ocean pollution and solid waste management, the government has announced a number of measures including the ban on the import, manufacture and sale of harmful polythene products, he said.

The ‘Our Ocean’ conference, annually held since 2014, was attended by world leaders, entrepreneurs, scientists and civil society, and identified solutions and actions for safe, secure, clean and sustainably managed oceans. The State Minister met and had cordial exchanges with a number of world leaders and other dignitaries on the sidelines of the conference. Prime Minister of Malta Joseph Muscat, Maltese Foreign Minister Carmelo Abela and the Indonesian Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Susi Pudjiastuti were among these dignitaries. State Minister Senanayake also met with Prince Charles who attended the conference as a special invitee.

State Minister Vasantha Senanayake with Prince Charles

 


 

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