Remarks to Media by Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera following discussions with US Asst. Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal & US Asst. Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labour Tom MalinowskiMinistry of...
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mangala Samaraweera, leader of the Sri Lanka delegation, addressed the 32nd Session of the UN Human Rights Council at the presentation of the Oral Update on the...
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mangala Samaraweera, met UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein at the Palais Wilson in Geneva on 29 June 2016.
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Delivering the keynote address at a Briefing Session organized by the Standard and Trade Development Facility (STDF) Division of WTO held on 21st June 2016 to share Sri Lanka’s experience on the...
Today we are celebrating the 67th anniversary of Independence while a civilized political culture is being created in our beloved motherland, said Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe.
In his message to mark Independence Day today (Feb.04) he stated; “Once we gained independence, the challenge that we had to face was to safeguard that unity and marches towards the development of the country”.
Following is the message he issued for the celebrating of the 67th anniversary of Independence;
When the Father of the Nation, Rt. Hon. D.S. Senanayake, the first Prime Minister of Sri Lanka launched the independence struggle, the main weapon he used was unity and brotherhood among the communities that lived in harmony in our country.
Once we gained independence, the challenge that we had to face was to safeguard that unity and marches towards the development of the country.
However, it was unfortunate that we could not achieve that goal successfully.
We have now, once again arrived at a period, during which we could realize that objective. Groups that represent diverse communities, following different religions, political parties, civil organizations and various groups came together onto one platform, shedding their differences to achieve a common objective for the benefit of the nation.
Our aim is to emulate the dignified royal tradition of the Lichchavi, Kings, whereby people would meet peacefully, discuss issues peacefully and disperse peacefully, in order to ensure good governance and build a united and prosperous nation.
Let us resolve today to achieve that noble objective, to give real meaning to our independence.