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EU to lift fisheries ban on Sri Lanka

The Fisheries Ministry has stated that the European Union (EU) is expected to lift the ban on Sri Lankan fisheries products on the 21st of this month.

In November 2015, the EU expressed satisfaction in the country’s efforts to address the issues related to the ban.

High level Buddhist delegation leaves for Pakistan

A delegation of Sri Lankan Buddhist monks and scholars are in Pakistan for a week-long visit, with the aim of learning about Buddhist heritage in Pakistan.

The delegation is also scheduled to call on political leaders, including Pakistan’s President, Mamnoon Hussain, and visit sites of Buddhist spiritual and religious significance.

Bangladesh appoints new High Commissioner to Sri Lanka

Bangladesh has appointed Riaz Hamidullah as the next High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Sri Lanka. 

Riaz Hamidullah, a career diplomat, currently works as the Director General of the Multilateral Economic Affairs Wing within the Foreign Ministry of Bangladesh.


UN backs prohibitionist drug policies

The United Nations Special Session on the World Drug Problem (UNGASS), has approved a framework that maintains the prohibitionist policies banning non-medical or scientific drug use.

The new framework highlights the importance of taking an approach that puts the welfare of individuals first, by attending to health and human rights while promoting safety and security in all societies.

US President visits Saudi Arabia

President Barack Obama and the US Defense Secretary, Ashton Carter, will begin an official visit to Saudi Arabia, today. 

The President is scheduled to meet King Salman and other leaders from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.

Yemen to begin peace talks

The warring Yemeni factions, the Houthi-Saleh forces, and the Hadi government are scheduled to commence peace talks in Kuwait, today. 

The conflict in Yemen began last year and has so far claimed over 6,000 lives.

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