|Portugal to help develop SL tourism
|Monday, September 27, 2010 - 10.02 GMT
Portugal Prime Minister Jose Socrates stated that assistance will be provided to develop the tourism industry in Sri Lanka.
This was stated during bilateral talks with President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
Around 30,000 tourists from Portugal visit Thailand annually.
As the President of the European Union, the Portugal Prime Minister stated that he will facilitate, through the EU, to build Sri Lanka's relations with other nations for Sri Lanka's political development.
The two leaders also discussed measures on receiving advanced technological knowledge from Portugal in producing wind and solar power as Portugal is a top-listed country in the field. Portugal fulfills 45% of energy needs of the country with wind and solar power.
Prime Minister Socrates stated that his government is taking steps to strengthen relations with countries which in the past had strong ties with Portugal.
President Rajapaksa requested Prime Minister Socrates to return Sri Lankan archeological finds which were brought to Portugal when the countries had relations in the past. The Portugal Prime Minister stated that necessary steps will be taken in this regard.