Deepak Obhrai, Canadian Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs called upon members of Canada’s Sri Lankan Tamil community to develop creative ideas about how to contribute constructively and collaboratively to a new era in Sri Lanka’s history.
He made these observations speaking at a function to celebrate Sri Lanka’s Independence Day, at the Theatre of the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Ottawa.
The Guest of Honour, Deepak Obhrai commenting of his visits to Sri Lanka in the past said "I have had the privilege of visiting Sri Lanka in the past and can speak personally to all that it has to offer in terms of natural beauty, its rich cultural heritage, and the warmth of its people.”
He stated that “the most pressing challenge Sri Lankan is facing at this important juncture is to resolve the underlying sources of conflict through political reconciliation”.
Canada recognizes the tremendous challenges facing Sri Lanka as the country emerge from decades of conflict, he further said.
The High Commissioner, Chitranganee Wagiswara welcoming the guests said peace that has been restored in Sri Lanka and the economic, trade, tourism and industrial sectors that are growing rapidly.
She stated that Sri Lanka has many challenges to face in addressing a political solution to satisfy all communities in a democratic setting within the country.
“We know that we have the support and goodwill of our friends in the international community”, she further stated. What we seek from the international community is the understanding of the complexities of a multi cultural, multi lingual and multi religious society, she added.
The High Commissioner also called upon the large Sri Lankan community who have made their home in Canada to continue to play a positive role for Sri Lanka in their adopted country.