President meets with Indian Prime Minister & Executive Director of
UN Environment Programme
Maithripala Sirisena after
attending the Founding
Conference of the International
Solar Alliance (ISA) in New
Delhi met with the Indian Prime
Minister Narendra Modi at the
The Indian Prime Minister said that the participation
of the Sri Lankan President in the ISA Summit is a privilege and
requested the President to extend his assistance in delivering the
message of the ISA Summit to the world.
The Prime Minister recalled that during the past few
years the relations between the two countries was further strengthened
and pointed out in future it is important to strengthen these bilateral
relations between the two countries economically as well.
The Indian External Affairs Minister, Minister Nimal
Siripala de Silva and Ambassadors of both countries participated in this
Later, the President also met with Erik Solheim, the
Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme.
During this meeting, issues relating to the
environmental conservation, weather and climate change and marine
pollution were discussed and the President apprised regarding the
specially designed programme to protect the environment of Sri Lanka.
President Sirisena explained regarding the programmes
implemented to increase the forest density from the current 28% to 32%
and further said that the Air Force has launched special monitoring
programme for the protection of forests, and once in two weeks the Air
Force submit a report in this regard to him.
The President further said about the steps that have
been taken to control the use of plastic in Sri Lanka in a background
where the marine pollution is a vast problem.
The President pointed out the environmental issues
arises as a result of excavating soil for construction activities and
requested Mr. Eric Solheim to introduce technological alternatives and
proposals in this regard to our country.
During this meeting the relations between Norway and
Sri Lanka was also recalled.
Mr. Eric Solheim appreciated the initiatives taken by
Sri Lanka towards the protection on environment.