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Heavy lobbying for aid freeze ease

The Sri Lankan government is engaged in heavy lobbying for the easing of the aid freeze imposed by several countries, The Nation learns.
Minister of Public Administration and Home Affairs, Karu Jayasuriya is currently negotiating with Germany’s Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier for a lifting of the aid freeze, while Professor G.L. Peiris is currently in Washington DC, meeting with US State Department officials.
Professor Peiris has told the Washington Times newspaper that an aid freeze should not be used against a democratic government grappling with terrorism. He told the American newspaper that none of these restraints were being used against the terrorist group. Sri Lanka has already seen a loss of assistance from the US and a dip in its Millenium Challenge Cooperation.
As an immediate step towards releasing aid to Sri Lanka, the French government has decided to reactivate a highway project in the east covering 141 km of the A15 road connecting the Batticaloa and Trincomalee Districts. The government will also launch three new projects to construct bridges across Verugal, Puppu Aru and Gange, The Nation learns.

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