At a reception hosted by President François Hollande to exchange greetings with the Diplomatic corps in the New Year on 12 January 2017 at the Presidential palace, Palais de l’Elysée, Ambassador Tilak Ranaviraja conveyed the best wishes of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe to the French President. During the brief exchange of pleasantries, Ambassador Ranaviraja thanked the French President for the support extended by France for the lifting of the EU fisheries ban and the reinstating of the GSP+ scheme. In response, President Hollande acknowledged the progressive developments underway in Sri Lanka and the positive attention gained by the Government of Sri Lanka in re-engaging with the international community.
The Embassy of Sri Lanka
19 January 2017