Sri Lanka makes its presentation at the UPR; Sri Lanka’s total outstanding Government debt stood at SLR 6161 bn at the end of July 2012; Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs of Oman, Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah made an official visit to Sri Lanka; Ex
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    Reports noted that Sri Lanka made its presentation at the United Nations Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review in Geneva on November 1, 2012. ).1

    In another development, according to reports, the External Affairs Ministers of Sri Lanka and India have agreed to hold the 8th Session of the India-Sri Lanka Joint Commission chaired by the two Ministers in New Delhi in January 2013. The decision to hold the Joint Commission was taken when Sri Lanka's External Affairs Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris met his Indian counterpart Salman Khurshid on November 2, on the sidelines of the 12th meeting of the Council of Ministers of Member States of Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation (IOR-ARC) at Gurgaon, India. ).2

    Reports noted that the Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs of Oman, Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah made an official visit to Sri Lanka and met Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on November 1 at the Temple Trees. External Affairs Minister Prof. G L Peiris and Secretary to the External Affairs Ministry Karunaratne Amunugama were also present at the meeting. During the meeting both the countries held discussions to promote and expand the political and trade relations and to boost ties between the two countries further. Mr Alawi also held separate meetings with the Minister of Petroleum Industries Susil Premajayantha, and the Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa. ).3

    Reports noted that Sri Lanka's total outstanding government debt stood at SLRs.6161 billion at the end of July 2012 against SLRs.4975.2 billion reported during the same period of the previous year, according to the latest data from the Central Bank of Sri Lanka. ).4

    In other developments, according to reports, the Sri Lanka Navy's largest passenger craft 'Jetliner' which served as a life line between the North and East during the Humanitarian Operations left on its final voyage to Indonesia on November 4, 2012 as its lease period was coming to an end. The Jetliner has been on lease from an Indonesian company since 2006 and with the lease ending the Navy has handed over the ship back to the owners. ).5