Prof. Peiris stresses need for goodwill of intíl community
External Affairs Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris stressed the need for
empathy and goodwill on the part of the international community as Sri
Lanka moved forward to consolidate the benefits of stability for all its
Prof. Peiris made this comment during a discussion with Brazilís
External Relations Minister Antonio Patriota in Brazil, the External
Affairs Ministry said in a statement.
At their bilateral discussions both the ministers noted that the
substantial convergence of interests and priorities of the two countries
provided a firm basis for closer co-operation, in the bilateral
relationship. Minister Peiris briefed his counterpart on the current
developments in Sri Lanka and progress in all sectors after the advent
Among the similarities between the experiences of the two countries
identified by the ministers were the importance of political leadership
and sound strategy in eradicating violence
and the sense of pride in oneís own identity and cultural traditions
as a powerful motivating force in evolving approaches to issues.
Both countries, the Ministers noted, while placing a premium on
economic development as a means of raising the living standards of their
people, consistently formulated their national plans on the basis of
social equity to ensure that the less affluent sections of society
became full participants and beneficiaries of development.
Brazilís External Relations Minister Patriota appreciated the
priority accorded by the Sri Lankan government to the strengthening of
relations with Latin American countries and pledged his co-operation in
deepening Brazilís relations with Sri Lanka.