Australian Minister meets Sri Lanka PM, assures ongoing support to rebuild

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –Visiting Australian Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton assured to continued support to Sri Lanka when he met with Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Tuesday at Temple Trees.

During the meeting the Australian Minister has said that while further strengthening the bilateral friendship between the two countries, Australia will continue to provide ongoing support to Sri Lanka to rebuild after the Easter Sunday tragedy.

Dutton also discussed Australia’s tough border protection policy with the Premier and expressed his views on the measures that will be taken against those who come to Australia illegally.

The Prime Minister expressed his gratitude to Australia for the support extended to Sri Lanka.

Dutton, on a two-day visit to Sri Lanka, visited the St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo, one of three churches attacked on April 21 by terrorists and laid a wreath offering condolences for the Easter Sunday bomb attack victims.

In a tweet, the Minister said he met with Father Shamira Rodrigo at St Sebastian’s Church and conveyed on behalf of the Australian Government and Australian people deepest condolences to all those who have been affected by the tragic Easter terror attacks.

“There is a special bond between Australia and Sri Lanka and we will continue to work very closely with our counterparts to provide ongoing support to the Sri Lankan Government and the Sri Lankan people to ensure they can rebuild after this horrific tragedy,” Dutton said.

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