President Maithripala Sirisena will commence his first visit to Northern and Eastern Provinces today after assuming the office and this visit signifies President Sirisena’s dedication to fulfill his responsibility for the reconciliation among all communities.
When Sri Lanka celebrated its 67th Independence Anniversary in February, the President addressing the nation said although by 2009, after the defeat of LTTE terrorism, and bringing peace to our land, although we had the opportunity to take the physical resources of the land forward towards development, we were unable to bring together the minds of the people of the North and South.
Realizing the need of people-to-people connectivity is an integral part of reaching national harmony, President Sirisena will commence his first visit to Jaffna.
President Sirisena joins many Sinhala leaders who visited the peninsula which was somewhat a distant city to many mainly because of the conflict between the security forces and the LTTE.
In 1951 former Prime Minister late DS Senanayake visited Jaffna.
Former Prime Minister late Sirimavo Bandaranaike visited Jaffna in 1974 at the invitation of then Jaffna Mayor Alfred Duraiappah who had organized a massive rally there.
Late Hector Kobbekaduwa became the first Presidential election candidate to visit Jaffna when he held a campaign rally there in 1982.
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa visited Jaffna many occasions.
During his stay in Jaffna President will chair a meeting attended by government officials, politicians and other stakeholders involved in various development activities in the area. The President will also meet community leaders and the general public and will look into the needs and issues confronting them.
Following the Jaffna visit, the President is scheduled to visit Trincomalee.