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Netherlands Ambassador calls on Prime Minister

The Ambassador of the Netherlands to Sri Lanka, Tanja Gonggrijp, called on Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees on Monday.

The primary purpose of the meeting was to provide the Prime Minister with an update on ongoing Dutch programs in Sri Lanka and to discuss continuing cooperation between Sri Lanka and the Netherlands.

“I feel we have a good basis on which we can continue our cooperation,” Ambassador Gonggrijp said. Prime Minister Rajapaksa expressed the importance of infrastructure development in rural areas throughout the country.

Agreeing that “infrastructure is of huge importance for the sustainable development of the country,” the Ambassador stated that the embassy is involved in the construction of bridges in rural areas as well as engaging in the agriculture and dairy sectors.

Last year, the visit of the Foreign Minister of Netherlands to Sri Lanka was the first in 15 years. Noting the other high-level visits that have taken place during the past couple of months, Ambassador Gonggrijp said, “You have a very important strategic position in the Indo-Pacific region. There are many who want to be friends with Sri Lanka.”

The Prime Minister and the Ambassador discussed other topics such as ongoing reconciliation efforts, upcoming elections in Sri Lanka, Brexit and the empowerment of women, particularly in the political arena.

“I look forward to working with you and the new government,” the Ambassador said.

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