Sri Lankan parliament to be briefed on deals with China, India

Colombo, March 31 (IANS) Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Thursday said that parliament will be briefed on the deals Sri Lanka is expected to sign with China and India.

Wickremesinghe told members of the ruling United National Party that Sri Lanka and China are to discuss an economic plan soon, Xinhua reported.

He also said that Sri Lanka and China are expected to sign a free trade agreement next month.

Wickremesinghe said that an agreement will also be signed with India and parliament will be briefed on the agreements in order to ensure the process is transparent.

“The draft texts of the agreements will be submitted to parliament and through parliament to the public,” he said.

The prime minister said that Sri Lanka was in talks with the European Union to regain the EU Generalised Scheme of Preferences plus trade concession, while it expects the ban imposed on Sri Lankan fisheries products by the EU to be lifted by the end of this year.

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