Ambassador Powers commends Lanka’s efforts; President to hand over Commonwealth chairmanship to Malta

Ambassador Powers commends Lanka’s efforts; President to hand over Commonwealth chairmanship to Malta

Ambassador Powers commends Lanka’s efforts; President to hand over Commonwealth chairmanship to Malta

Written by Staff Writer

23 Nov, 2015 | 7:47 pm

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power has commended the commitment of the Sri Lankan government in their efforts in creating sustainable reconciliation, during the past ten months.

The visiting Ambassador made this statement when she called on President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat on Monday, November 23

Issuing a communique, the President’s Media Unit said that Ambassador Samantha Power had commended President Maithripala Sirisena in his efforts in giving up his powers: while the leaders of Asia and Africa are trying to centralise the power in their hands and pointed out that this is a worthy example for the world leaders.

Speaking further, she said that the new government is performing in a more trustworthy and acceptable manner
in implementing the process of reconciliation and suggested that the relationship between the officials and the institutions who are implementing this program be broadened.

Ambassador Samantha Power also commended the transformations that are being made in the country. She stated that the country is gaining many economic benefits through these changes.

In response, President Maithripala Sirisena had explained to the visiting ambassador on the progress the government has made over the past ten months in terms of ensuring freedom, strengthening democracy and eliminating poverty.

Meanwhile President Maithripala Sirisena also met with the British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka James Dauris, ahead of his participation at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2015.

The meeting was held at the official residence of the British High Commissoner.

President Sirisena is to hand over his position of Chairman of the Commonwealth to the President of Malta, the host nation of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

To mark his last week as Commonwealth chair-in-office before he departs for CHOGM 2015 in Malta, the president planted a Na tree in the garden of the Westminister House located in Colombo.

British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, James Dauris stated that the President’s chairmanship of the Commonwealth has given them the opportunity to celebrate their deepening historical links between each other’s countries.

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