In his address at the 17th Ministerial Meeting of the Asia Cooperation Dialogue held yesterday under the theme New Normal and Safe and Healthy Tourism, Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena stated that Sri Lanka opened its borders after much consultation, preparation following best practices, keeping safety and security of its citizens as paramount and that of the visitors. Commending the Government of the Republic of Turkey for hosting the Asia Cooperation Dialogue Ministerial Meeting virtually, Minister Gunawardena stated that Sri Lanka is committed to the ambitious work plan of the Asia Cooperation Dialogue in line with the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to promote inclusive growth in the region. The Minister said that in line with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s policy framework Vistas of Prosperity and Splendor Sri Lanka is focusing on a friendly and non-aligned foreign policy with special focus on Asia. The meeting adopted the Ankara Declaration on mitigating the adverse effects of the pandemic and recovery efforts focusing on tourism.
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