Ambassador Grace Asirwatham presented credentials to the President of the European Council: Donald Tusk, as Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the European Union, yesterday.
The presentation of credentials took place at the Europa Building of the European Council in Brussels.
During the Exchange of Views that followed, Ambassador Asirwatham and President Tusk acknowledged the significant expansion in relations between Sri Lanka and the EU in recent years, including the restoration of the EU- GSP PLUS facility.
It was noted, the EU was Sri Lanka’s largest export destination, and total trade now exceeded 5 billion Euros, annually.
The EU pledged continued support for a steadfast growth in economic relations, whilst mentioning the importance of continued dialogue on matters of mutual interest, relating to respecting Human Rights, Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law.
Ambassador Asirwatham is a senior career diplomat of the Sri Lanka Foreign Service, who has previously served as Ambassador of Sri Lanka to The Netherlands and Nepal. As an international civil servant, she has also held the post of Deputy Director General of the Organization for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons based in The Hague