Britain’s Secretary of State for Defence Dr. Liam Fox has assured the support of the British Government for Sri Lanka’s efforts to rebuild her economy He also gave Britain’s assurance for Sri Lanka’s efforts to move towards lasting peace and reconciliation.
The assurance was given to Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris during a meeting in Singapore. A communiqué from the External Affairs Ministry said the meeting took place on the sidelines of the Shangri-La Dialogue on critical strategic and policy issues in the region. Prof. Peiris and Dr. Fox were both participants in the Dialogue.
This was the first high level contact between President Rajapaksa’s Government and the incoming British administration.
The two Ministers discussed a wide range of issues relating to the political situation in Sri Lanka and developments in respect of the economy. Prof. Peiris briefed Dr. Fox fully about the success achieved by the Government of Sri Lanka regarding the resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons, the scaling down of Emergency Regulations, the appointment of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission and current initiatives in the field of constitutional reform.