Foreign envoys based in Sri Lanka hailed President Maithripala Sirisena’s total commitment to Good Governance and his determination to strengthen democracy despite major obstacles.
The Ambassadors and High Commissioners who separately called on President Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat during the last three days made this common observation.
Those who called on the President included German Ambassador Dr Juergan Morhard, Indian High Commissioner Y K Sinha, Chinese Ambassador Yi Xianliang, Deputy American Ambassador Andrew Mann, Acting British High Commissioner Laura Davies, Norway Ambassador Grete Lochen, South African High Commissioner Geoff Doidge and Australian High Commissioner Robyn Mudie.
All the envoys extended fullest support to President Maithripala Sirisena’s policies to strengthen democracy and develop the country. They congratulated him on the successful implementation of several important pledges under the 100-day program of the new government.
President Sirisena told them 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 discussions with the Members of Parliament during the last three days to resolve political differences, and he was confident that the Parliament would give approval to the amendment.
Indian High Commissioner Y K Sinha said India would implement three more irrigation, agriculture and railway development projects in Sri Lanka. He said many other projects also could be undertaken utilizing the remaining funds of the Indian credit line to Sri Lanka.
Norway Ambassador Grete Lochen said President Sirisena’s continued commitment to Democracy and Good Governance was quite evident from the important statement he made yesterday. She expressed appreciation for his determination to strengthen democratic institutions and ensure responsibility and accountability to the people. She said in her travels to all parts of the country she found that the people had their fullest confidence in President Sirisena.
American Deputy Ambassador Andrew Mann said US is keen to further strengthen cooperation with Sri Lanka and the forthcoming visit of Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to give a new boost to bilateral ties.