Written by Lahiru Fernando
22 Sep, 2016 | 8:33 pm
President Maithripala Sirisena addressed the 71st Sessions of the United Nations General Assembly early this morning (September 22), Sri Lankan time.
In his speech, President Maithripala Sirisena stated that he has given leadership to usher a new era of social, political and economic transformations in Sri Lanka during his twenty-month rule. He also pointed out that the Government of Sri Lanka intends to make the Sri Lankan populace “one of the happiest among the world communities”.
“I am determined to alleviate poverty in my country. I declared 2017 as The Year of Alleviation of Poverty in Sri Lanka, said the head of state.
President Sirisena also said that a basic platform has been created for the people of Sri Lanka to “free themselves from poverty in a county that prioritises economic progress”.
Speaking of democracy, the president noted that the government, led by him, has taken effective measures to strengthen democracy, rule of law and good governance in the country, paving the way for a positive change, ensuring there will be no wars to come in the future.
“Sri Lanka, being a free, independent and a sovereign nation, with territorial integrity, like all other nations that have gathered here today, will find its own recipe for the reconciliation process and necessary transformation and reform, respecting the indigenous thinking, that is essential to and accepted by the local people”, he added.
President Maithripala Sirisena also met US Secretary of State John Kerry on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.
“We are very encouraged by the steps that the president is taking and Sri Lanka is taking respective reconciliation and also making important economic reforms. The story of Sri Lanka is an important one and we are happy to being able to meet” said U.S State Secretary John Kerry.
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