Written by Staff Writer
21 Sep, 2016 | 8:33 pm
The 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) commenced at the UN Headquarters in New York on September 20.
Over 130 heads of states are in New York to attend the global sessions, including President Maithripala Sirisena.
In his final speech to the United Nations outgoing SecretaryGeneral Ban Ki-moon attacked leaders who continue to “feed the war machine”, saying “the bar of depravity” has continued to sink lower.
The Secretary General, in his speech, also made reference to Sri Lanka.
Meanwhile, during the day, the president held several bilateral talks.He first met the Australian Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull at the UN Headquarters.
The president appreciated the assistance given by Australia to Sri Lanka for the country’s development drive, and the Australian Prime Minister had extended his gratitude to the president for the cooperation extended towards Australia to tackle the growing human- smuggling issue.
Furthermore, the president also met with the Indian State Minister of External Affairs M.J. Akbar.
During the meeting, the President expressed his condolences on behalf of the government and the people of Sri Lanka over the recent violence in Kashmir.
President Sirisena had said that situations of this nature should be dealt with patience, and that dialogue is the only way to find a solution.
The fishermen problem plaguing both India and Sri Lanka also came up for discussion.
President Sirisena also met Chief Executive of the United States Millennium Challenge Corporation Dana J Hyde.
The MCC has selected Sri Lanka for its threshold programme, under which assistance will be provided for selected projects.
Subsequent to top level bilateral meetings, the president took a brief moment to speak to the Sri Lankan media , now stationed in New York to cover the UNGA. The president also gave a brief hint on what his speech at the 71st sessions of the UNGA would entail tomorrow.
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