Foreign Minister and Justice Minister undertake visit to South Africa

(LANKAPUVATH | COLOMBO) – Minister of Foreign Affairs Ali Sabry is on a working visit to South Africa from 21-25 March 2023 at the invitation of Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa Dr. Naledi Pandoor. Minister Sabry is accompanied by Minister of Justice, Prison Affairs and Constitutional Reforms Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakse.

This visit is in line with Sri Lanka’s stated policy, including at international fora, that it remains committed to addressing reconciliation through domestic mechanisms. In this context, the Cabinet of Ministers approved the concept of a Truth and Reconciliation mechanism as proposed by the Cabinet Sub-Committee on Reconciliation, which is chaired by the President. The Cabinet also authorized the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister of Justice to operationalize this concept and to initiate discussions and facilitate the drafting of a Truth and Reconciliation law.

In support of this process, the South African Government invited the Foreign Minister to visit South Africa to obtain insights with regard to the South African experience in the establishment of their Truth-seeking Commission.

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