Colombo Telegraph

Commonwealth Values: New Zealand Gets Elephants, Sri Lanka Gets Patrol Boats

Australia will give Sri Lanka two patrol boats to intercept asylum seekers in Sri Lankan waters under a deal to be signed on Sunday and New Zealand getting elephant from Sri Lanka.

The Sri Lankan government has praised New Zealand for its stance at this weekend’s controversial Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Colombo and says its sending an elephant to New Zealand as a symbol of the two countries’ friendship, New Zealand media repots.

The gift of two patrol boats is understood to be part of a memorandum of understanding to be signed between the countries, designed to curb the already diminished flow of asylum seeker boats from Sri Lanka, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.


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