Mar 05, Colombo: Special Envoy on the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention Prince Mired Ra'ad Zeid Al-Hussein, who on Monday commenced his three-day visit to Sri Lanka at the invitation of the Sri Lankan government, called on the Foreign Affairs Minister Tilak Marapana today.
Congratulating Sri Lanka for acceding to the Anti-personnel Mine Ban Convention on 13 December 2017 becoming its 163rd State Party, Prince Mired expressed hope that Sri Lanka would become a strong advocate for the Convention.
During his visit to Sri Lanka from 5-7 March, the Special Envoy will also call on President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
On Tuesday 6 March at 5.30 p.m., the Special Envoy will deliver a lecture at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute for International Relations and Strategic Studies on 'The Ottawa Convention on Anti-Personnel Landmines: Asia's Opportunities and Challenges'.
He is also scheduled to undertake a field visit to the Northern Province, accompanied by the Minister of Rehabilitation and Resettlement, D.M Swaminathan, where he will witness firsthand the mine clearance activities being carried out and interact with agencies that clear mines as well as landmine victims.