May 022013

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* Australian Minister commends Sri Lanka Navy’s efforts to curb illegal migrationThu, May 2, 2013, 10:05 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

May 02, Colombo: Australian Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Brendan O’Connor who arrived in the island today on a three-day official visit met the Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy, Vice Admiral Jayanath Colombage at the Naval Headquarters today.

The visiting minister accompanied by the Secretary of Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC), Martin Bowles and Ministerial Advisor, Stephen Wettenhall held discussions with the Navy Chief on ongoing bilateral cooperation on people smuggling, the Navy said today.

The minister who is here seeking to strengthen ongoing cooperation with Sri Lanka on the shared challenges of irregular migration and people smuggling appreciated the Sri Lanka Navy’s efforts in countering irregular migration.

He commended the commitment of the Sri Lankan Navy personnel in arresting and rescuing people who take on the perilous sea journey to illegally migrate to Australia.

The Navy Commander has briefed the Minister on the measures being implemented in collaboration with law enforcement authorities for the prevention of illegal migration and the Navy’s continuous missions to search and rescue people trapped in rough seas.

During his visit, Minister O’Connor will meet with senior government ministers and agency officials to discuss ongoing cooperation in enhancing migration management.

Australian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Robyn Mudie was also present at the occasion.

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