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* Sri Lanka, Burkina Faso to strengthen South-South Cooperation
Thu, Apr 4, 2013, 05:15 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 04, Colombo: The Senior Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Cooperation of Burkina Faso Djibrill Yipènè Bassolé called on Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa Thursday morning at the Presidential Secretariat.

Conveying a message from Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaoré, Minister Bassolé commended President's "effort to develop the country and to increase stability and reconciliation."

Minister Bassolé said one of the purposes of the visit to Sri Lanka is to strengthen south-south cooperation. Burkina Faso being a member of the U.N. Human Rights Council (UNHRC), he said, "We have to show solidarity."

Burkina Faso is one of the eight countries that abstained in the recent vote on the resolution against Sri Lanka at the UNHRC. Bassole said he had been tasked with getting a first-hand look at the situation in Sri Lanka and informing the president and the people of his country.

The visiting Minister said the government of Burkina Faso is also interested in enhancing cooperation between the two countries in a number of sectors, including in the area of youth development, and looks forward to drawing lessons from Sri Lanka's success stories.

Other members of the Burkina Faso delegation included Ambassador of Burkina Faso in Sri Lanka Idriss Raoua Ouedraogo, the director of the Minister's Cabinet and the director general for bilateral relations of the Burkina Faso Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Cooperation, Amadou Dicko and Gnama Henri Bacye.

Minister of External Affairs Prof. G.L. Peiris, Secretary to the President Mr. Lalith Weeratunga, Secretary to the Ministry of External Affairs Mr. Karunatilaka Amunugama and Additional Secretary of the Ministry of External Affairs Mr. I. Ansar also joined the meeting.

(Photos by Sudath Silva)

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