Obama hails change in Lanka under Sirisena

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama

United States President Barack Obama has praised President Maithripala Sirisena’s commitment and actions taken for strengthening of democracy and good governance in Sri Lanka.

The President’s media division said that Obama made these remarks at a meeting with President Sirisena while participating in the 70th session of the UNGA.

President Obama expressed his appreciation about the changes which have occurred in Sri Lanka under the new government.

In response, President Sirisena said his determination is to build the reconciliation in the country in future. “I strongly believe the reconciliation should be established in the country after bringing an end to the war”, he said.

When President Sirisena requested the assistance for the alleviation of poverty, the US President stated his government will fully help Sri Lanka on that regard.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, at his meeting with President Sirisena on Saturday (Sep. 26) stated that President Maithripala Sirisena has won the grace of world leaders today because he is leading the country towards a correct path. He wished well for President Sirisena programs for that.

A meeting between President Sirisena and the President of South Korea Park Chung-hee was also held during the session. They discussed on the well-being of the Sri Lankan workers in South Korea. The South Korean President gave her highly positive response to the request made by President Sirisena for more employment opportunities to Sri Lankans. She also affirmed the assistance to seek solutions for the garbage problem in Sri Lanka.

President Sirisena also met the President of New Zealand John Key. The New Zealand President said more investors will be encouraged to invest in Sri Lanka. They also discussed the ways to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries. (Colombo Gazette)