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    Special Discussion between the Speakers of Sri Lanka and New Zealand to strengthen bilateral relations

    October 22, 2021

    A special meeting between the Hon. Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena and the Hon. Speaker of the New Zealand Parliament Trevor Mallard was held yesterday morning
    (21) via video technology with the aim of strengthening the bilateral relations.

    Expressing his gratitude for opening a resident diplomatic mission of New Zealand in Colombo, the Speaker pointed out that the bilateral relations between Sri Lanka and New Zealand, which have existed for over 65 years, would be further expanded through this.
    Minister of Justice Ali Sabri PC, Secretary General of Parliament Dhammika Dasanayake, Sri Lankan born MP in New Zealand Parliament (Ms.) Vanushi Walters
    and New Zealand High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Michael Appleton were present at the meeting.
    The two countries exchanged experiences on the COVID Challenge, Electoral Methods, Women's Representation in Politics, Economic Challenges, Religious
    extremism and Sports.
    The Hon. Speaker said that he hoped to establish the Sri Lanka-New Zealand Parliamentary Friendship Association in the very near future in order to further strengthen bilateral relations between the Parliaments of two countries. The Hon. Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena also invited a delegation from the New Zealand
    Parliament to visit Sri Lanka on a diplomatic visit.
    The Hon. Speaker also commended the role of (Ms.) Vanushi Walters, who is of Sri Lankan origin and is currently a Member of Parliament for New Zealand.




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