President says UN rights chief happy with progress

President Maithripala Sirisena says the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein is happy with the progress in Sri Lanka.

The President also emphasised that the Government will not enter into any agreement , which will endanger the local economy and the culture of the country.

He pointed out that even though his political rivals spread false rumours regarding the agreement to be signed with India in the future, these are baseless allegations.

He made these observations while participating in an opening ceremony of a concrete factory in Balangoda today.

The President further said when the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights met him following his tour to various places, including the North and East of the country and understanding the actual ground situation , he commended the current situation in the country.

Sirisena said that the President also made a pledged to provide assistance for the future development of the country.

President Sirisena stressed that the people of this country brought him to power to take the country forward and not to take the country backward.

He also said that he is even ready to sacrifice his life to protect the dignity of the nation as well as the country while not bowing down to any foreign influence. (Colombo Gazette)

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