President Sirisena extends invitation to Chancellor Merkel during German tour

President Sirisena extends invitation to Chancellor Merkel during German tour

President Sirisena extends invitation to Chancellor Merkel during German tour

Written by Tharushan Fernando

18 Feb, 2016 | 8:48 am

President Maithripala Sirisena says that Sri Lanka has become a democratic nation where all people could live happily.The president extended an open invitation to all Sri Lankans who sought refuge from Germany during the war, to return to the country in order to experience the freedom.

The president made this statement when the head of state in response to a  German journalist at a media briefing which was held following bilateral talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, on Wednesday.

Commending Germany’s role in providing aid for Sri Lanka’s development  over five decades, The President said that the country intends to seek strengthened ties with Germany on a newer level.

When questioned by journalist as to why Sri Lanka “has not been invited to Germany for 43 years,” ,Merkel replied that the Sri Lanka has shown a convincing change and the President has shown interest in Germany.

She added that Sri Lanka has a good chance to peacefully overcome decades of war and differences.

“Mr. President has invited me to Sri Lanka so it doesn’t necessarily have to take another 43 years until a German chancellor comes to Sri Lanka,” she said

German Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged the German government’s support in Sri Lanka’s efforts in the future. The Chancellor also added that the German government will heed its attention to increase confidence among German investors to invest in Sri Lanka.

President Maithripala Sirisena is scheduled to address the German Business Council for Industries on Thursday.

President Sirisena will open the Sri Lankan-German Business and shed light onto recent economic developments and new business opportunities in Sri Lanka.

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