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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2710

Foreign Ministrty to seek cabinet approval to set up Sri Lanka Mission in Libya

Colombo, 17 November, (Asiantribune.com): Ministry of Foreign Affairs is expected to present a cabinet paper shortly seeking for approval to open up a Sri Lanka Mission in Tripoli, Libiya.

Dr. Keheliya Rambukawella, Sri Lanka’s Minister of Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare and Government Spokesman on National Security speaking to Asian Tribune said that already Sri Lanka President has approved the setting up of a Sri Lanka Mission in Tripoli.

According to Dr. Keheliya Rambukawella, Sri Lanka is expected to send more than 100,000 workers to Libiya from the beginning of the year 2009.

He told Asian Tribune that a nine member Sri Lankan delegations consisting mostly of professionals is expected to leave for Tripoli shortly, to finalize sending of professionals, skilled, semiskilled and domestics to Libiya from the beginning of 2009.
Minister said that it is important that Sri Lanka has its mission in Libya.

He also said that there was a Libyan Mission in Colombo since 1970, but as bilateral relationship and trade between the country came almost to a standstill beginning from early part of 1980’s and finally Libya degraded its Embassy by the end of 2006 and today the Libyan Mission in Colombo functions only as an Interest Section under a charge d’ Affaires.

In the meantime a government delegation from Libya led by Prof. Dr. Martook Mohamed Martook, Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister for Manpower Trainng and Employment was in Colombo. The Libyan delegation met Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse at the Temple Trees in the first week of November and amongst the other things, assured that Libya will find suitable building to house the new Sri Lanka embassy in Tripoli.

Since the beginning of the year 2008 President Mahinda Rajapakse has adopted a new Foreign policy, "Look Africa" with the view to establish more bilateral relationship and trade with African countries, said to be remaining so far as untapped countries with resources. It is said that the opening up of a Mission in Libya is the outcome of the Sri Lanka’s new "Look Africa" policy.

As an outcome of the new Foreign Policy, a source in the Sri Lanka’s Foreign Ministry told ‘Asian Tribune’ that Sri Lanka and Botswana - an African country, have established a formal diplomatic relations at ambassadorial level, guided by the principles and purposes of the Charter of the United Nations and the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of April 1961. The Joint Communiqué to this effect was signed on 27th October 2008 by the Permanent Representatives of Sri Lanka and Botswana to the United Nations in New York.

- Asian Tribune -

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