The European Union has informed President Ranil Wickremesinghe that if Sri Lanka wants to get the GSP plus tax relief and the support of the International Monetary Fund, the government should take immediate steps to ensure human rights and freedom of speech.
According to the EU Sri Lanka office this was raised at a fruitful meeting with Sri Lanka’s President Ranil Wickramasinghe.
European Union authorities have emphasized this during this special discussion held between the representatives of the European Union and the President.
The EU had mentioned this in a special tweet after meeting the President.
The tweet says
“Had a constructive meeting with the President Ranil wickramasinghe today. EU is a partner in challenging times. For us, protection of civil & human rights, above all freedom of expression & right to dissent, is of utmost importance. We agree bringing Sri Lanka back on track requires joint & inclusive action
On foreign affairs, EU encouraged the President to devote special attention to 3 ongoing key processes:
3️⃣ HumanRights Council
The EU hopes that concrete steps will be taken by the government to make these processes a success.”