UN assures continued support to Sri Lanka in its efforts for reconciliation
The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has assured Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena that the UN will continue to support Sri Lanka in its efforts to build reconciliation and strengthen democracy.
President Maithripala Sirisena briefed the UN chief about Sri Lanka’s progress in strengthening democracy, rule of law, media freedom and reconciliation during a meeting at the UNSG’s office at the UN Headquarters in New York.
Secretary General warmly greeted President Sirisena and the Sri Lankan delegation comprising ministers Tilak Marapana, Champika Ranawaka, Mano Ganesan and Permanent Representative to UN, Dr Amrith Rohan Perera.
The President said that during the last three and half years, the country has made progress in many fronts and his government would continue to work towards reconciliation.
Mr Guterres said he deeply appreciates the difficult and complex challenges faced by Sri Lanka and said the United Nations would continue to extend support to Sri Lanka’s efforts towards reconciliation. He praised Sri Lanka’s good work in peace building, human rights and UN peace keeping.
Mr Guterres recalled his last visit to Sri Lanka and said he has fond memories of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Sigiriya. The President invited the Secretary General to pay another visit to Sri Lanka and see firsthand the vast developments taken place in the country. Accepting the invitation, Mr Guterres said he would visit at the earliest possible.