UN Chief offers Sri Lanka support for reconciliation process

United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres has offered Sri Lanka support to take forward the reconciliation process.

The Secretary-General met with President Maithripala Sirisena at the UN Headquarters on the sidelines of the ongoing UN General Assembly.

The UN said that the Secretary-General appreciated the close cooperation between Sri Lanka and the United Nations and thanked Sri Lanka for its contribution to United Nations peacekeeping in particular.

The Secretary-General and the President also discussed Sri Lanka’s efforts in the peace and reconciliation process.

The Secretary-General offered continued support in this regard.

Meanwhile, the President’s office said that the President had told the UN Chief 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. He urged the international community to look at Sri Lanka with a fresh perspective taking into consideration the progress made so far.

The President invited the Secretary General to pay another visit to Sri Lanka and see with his own eyes the vast developments taken place in the country. Accepting the invitation, Guterres has said he would visit at the earliest possible date.

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