Aug 30, Colombo: New Zealand will assist Sri Lanka to further develop the country's dairy sector to increase liquid milk production, Foreign Minister of New Zealand Murray McCully has told Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa when the visiting Minister called on the President yesterday (August 29) at Temple Trees.
Minister McCully said that during his previous visit to Sri Lanka, officials of both countries had discussed measures to increase liquid milk production and expand Sri Lanka's dairy sector. He expressed New Zealand's willingness to expedite these plans and proposed that the two countries sign an MOU in this regard when Prime Minister John Key comes to Sri Lanka to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in November.
McCully also told the President that he wants to reassure Sri Lanka of "the commitment our country [New Zealand] has to high-quality standards."
The High Commissioner of New Zealand appointed to Sri Lanka Mrs. Jan Henderson, the Deputy Secretary of Americas and Asia of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Ms. Andrea Smith, and the Deputy High Commissioner of New Zealand to Sri Lanka Ms. Wendy Matthews were a part of the New Zealand delegation.
Minister of Health Maithripala Sirisena, Minister of External Affairs Prof. G.L. Peiris, Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga, Secretary to the Ministry of External Affairs Karunatilaka Amunugama, Secretary to the Ministry of Health Dr. Nihal Jayathilaka, Sri Lanka's High Commissioner accredited to New Zealand Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe, and the Director General at the Ministry of Health Dr. Palitha Mahipala also joined the discussion.
(Photos by Sudath Silva)