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UK supports Sri Lanka to promote green finance and renewable energy

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson reiterates that the UK will continue to work with the people of Sri Lanka, especially during the current economic and social challenges.

The British PM said he anticipates that there are strong opportunities for UK support with green finance and renewable energy recalling the conversation the two leaders had in May about shared ambitions on climate change

He also highlighted the recently announced Developing Countries Trading Scheme which will offer Sri Lanka the opportunity to benefit from duty- free access for the vast majority of total goods exported to the UK.

He expressed the hope that the two countries can find more opportunities to enhance trade and investment.

He also expressed the belief that PM Ranil Wickremasinghe will be able to make quick and positive progress with the International Monetary Fund.

The UK stands ready to engage with its international partners to support Sri Lanka on this issue, he added.

The British Prime Minister also expressed confidence that the two governments can work together to achieve long-lasting and substantive progress on reconciliation and accountability in Sri Lanka.

He has urged President Ranil Wickremesinghe to change Sri Lanka’s approach on the human rights issue.

He said the upcoming 51st Session of the UN Human Rights Council will be a moment for the Sri Lankan Government to demonstrate its human rights credentials with a change of approach.

Johnson commended the efforts of President Ranil Wickremesinghe for establishing an inclusive government which will bring the stability needed to address issues for the Sri Lankan people.

In a congratulatory message to President Wickremesinghe on his appointment as the Head of State, the British Prime Minister said that upholding democratic principles and seeking democratic consensus will be vital to President Ranil Wickremesinghe’s success, the President’s Office said.

“The 51st UN Human Rights Council in September will be a moment for your government to demonstrate your human rights credentials with a change of approach. We and others in the international community want to work with Sri Lanka to make real and tangible progress on these issues.”

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson concluded his message by expressing confidence that with Sri Lanka due to celebrate its 75th Anniversary of Independence, UK and Sri Lanka would continue to build an even deeper and stronger partnership.

He also appreciated Sri Lanka’s efforts to prioritize UK-Sri Lanka relations and wished President Wickremesinghe the very best in his efforts to restore stability and prosperity in Sri Lanka.

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