Visit of the Sri Lanka - Swiss Parliamentary Friendship Association to Switzerland, 14-20 October 2018

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A delegation of Members of Parliament representing the Sri Lanka - Swiss Parliamentary Friendship Association (SLSPFA) visited Geneva on 18 October 2018, continuing with a week-long  programme of visit to Switzerland from 14 to 20 October 2018.  The multi-party delegation, led by Hon. Ananda Kumarasiri, Deputy Speaker of the Sri Lanka Parliament, comprised Hon. Jayampathy WICKRAMARATNE,  the SLSPFA President, as well as Hon. Seenithamby YOHESWARAN, Hon. J.C. ALAWATHUWALA, Hon. Edward GUNASEKARA, Hon. Dr. Sudarshini FERNANDOPULLE, Hon. Prof. Ashu MARASINGHE, Hon. Bimal RATHNAYAKE, Hon. Charles NIRMALANTHAN, Hon. K.K. PIYADASA, Hon. K. Sujith PERERA and Hon. Ishak RAHUMAN.

At the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka, the Members of Parliament were warmly welcomed by Ambassador A.L.A Azeez and Mission's staff and were hosted to a high tea reception. 

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The delegation's programme in Geneva included meetings with the officials and experts of the Geneva International Center for Humanitarian Demining GICHD, the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP), the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF), and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. They also visited the United Nations Office in Geneva, following which they were hosted to lunch by Permanent Representative of Switzerland in Geneva.  

In the capital city of Bern and other cities they visited, the delegation engaged with Members of Parliament and high officials of Switzerland on a wide range of matters of bilateral significance. They also familiarized with the workings of the Swiss democratic institutions and the cantonal system, as well as development cooperation and trade, investment and migration policies of Switzerland. 

Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka

Geneva

18 October 2018

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