The Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN) Ban Ki-Moon arrived in Sri Lanka on Wednesday (31) and had talks with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
At the invitation of the Government, the Secretary-General accompanied by Mrs. Ban Soon-taek, arrived in Sri Lanka for a three-day visit, where he will meet with President Maithripala Sirisena and other members of the Government and of the Parliament. They were welcomed by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Harsha De Silva at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA).
The Secretary-General will travel to Galle on 1 September, where he will participate in an event involving youth under the theme ‘Reconciliation and Coexistence: Role of Youth’.
On 2 September, the Secretary-General will travel to Jaffna, where he is expected to visit a resettlement site.
During the visit, the Secretary-General will also meet with several Cabinet Ministers including the Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera, the Speaker of the Parliament Karu Jayasuriya and Political Party Leaders and Civil Society Representatives.
At the invitation of the Chairperson and Board of the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute for International Relations and Strategic Studies (LKIIRSS), the Secretary-General will speak at an event in Colombo on 2 September on ‘Sustaining Peace – Achieving Sustainable Development Goals’, focusing in particular on Goal 16, namely, the promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development.
1st September 2016