Sri Lanka: Premier to visit Beijing to finalise FTA

( February 5, 2017, Beijing, Sri Lanka Guardian) Prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will visit Beijing in May as discussions continue over the proposed Free Trade Agreement (FTA), Sri Lanka’s Ambassador Karunasena Kodituwakku said in Beijing yesterday.

He said the Prime minister would also attend a major summit scheduled to be attended by about 20 world leaders. Dr. Kodituwakku was speaking to reporters at a ceremony in Beijing to mark Sri Lanka’s 69th Independence Day.

Development Strategies and International Trade Minister Malik Samarawickrema yesterday confirmed the visit of Premier Wickremesinghe and said the talks on the proposed FTA were going well, but declined to give a time frame. “I don’t want to put more pressure on the negotiating team, but we are going ahead well.”

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