The envoys of the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany extended fullest support to President Maithripala Sirisena’s policies to strengthen democracy and eliminate bribery and corruption.
The envoys called on President Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat this afternoon (April 22). They congratulated President on his successful implementation of several important programmes under the 100-day program of the new government.
President Sirisena said his intention is to get the approval of the Parliament to the constitutional amendment and then dissolve Parliament and hold fresh elections. He added that he had long hours of discussions with the Members of Parliament during the last three days to resolve political differences. However, he was confident that the Parliament would give approval to the amendment.
Acting British High Commissioner Laura Davies said that three teams from the UK would arrive next month to Sri Lanka to discuss investments, defence cooperation and assistance to the Commission on Bribery and Corruption.
Deputy American Ambassador Andrew Mann said there was immense potential for expansion of bilateral cooperation and the forthcoming visit of Secretary of State John Kerry would be a boost to bilateral ties. He said that President Sirisena’s new regime has generated a tremendous enthusiasm in the international community. He said the USA would increase assistance to Sri Lanka in many development spheres and urged the government to specify special requirements.