The recognition of the Sri Lankan government in the international sphere was seen from the warm welcome President Maithripala Sirisena received at the G7 Summit 2016, Parliamentary Reforms and Mass Media Minister Gayantha Karunathilake said.

He made this observation at the Cabinet briefing at the Information Department auditorium yesterday.

Karunathilake said the last few weeks was significant for Sri Lanka in the international sphere with the President meting top world leaders in Japan, while Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe participated in an important international event in Korea.

The minister said this was the first time in history, that Sri Lanka was invited for the G7 Summit.

“The country also had the opportunity to obtain foreign funds for the country's development,” Minister Karunathilake said.

“The Prime Minister participated at the Rotary International Convention in South Korea with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon.

It was a great opportunity for the country as the Prime Minister had the opportunity to deliver a speech in South Korea."

He said this was a victory for the country and good governance as the international community deserted Sri Lanka during the previous regime.