Sri Lankan Prime Min­is­ter Ranil Wick­remesinghe vis­its New Zealand

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Welling­ton: New Zealand is go­ing to open a High Com­mis­sion in Sri Lanka next year, to ce­ment ties and in­crease busi­ness be­tween the two coun­tries. Prime Min­is­ter John Key made the an­nounce­ment af­ter meet­ing with Sri Lanka’s Prime Min­is­ter Ranil Wick­remesinghe at Gov­ern­ment house yes­ter­day. “Sri Lanka has em­barked on a coura­geous course to re­build the coun­try af­ter a gen­er­a­tion-long civil war, and we are keen to sup­port that process both po­lit­i­cally and by grow­ing our strong eco­nomic re­la­tion­ship,” Mr Key said. “Estab­lish­ing High Com­mis­sions in Welling­ton and Colombo in the next few years will help sup­port that process.” Both coun­tries have com­mit­ted to re­duc­ing tar­iffs on goods, es­pe­cially dairy. The is­land na­tion will pi­lot New Zealand’s Farm IQ tech­nol­ogy in Sri Lanka, cut­ting-edge New Zealand dig­i­tal farm man­age­ment and mon­i­tor­ing tech­nol­ogy. But Mr Key said he’s not in the busi­ness of putting Sri Lankan farm­ers out of busi­ness. Source: NZ Her­ald

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