Sri Lanka committed to national and regional security

Maithripala SirisenaThe Government says it is fully committed to safeguarding National security as well as regional security. President Maithripala Sirisena told a delegation from the German Parliament that the foreign policy of the Government is based on the principle that the relationship with one country should not have any adverse impact on another country.

He said this in reply to questions raised by the delegation on Sri Lanka’s foreign policy and relations with its neighbours.

The Delegation called on President Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat this afternoon.The delegation comprised of Niels Annen, Michael Donth, Caren lay and Professor Egon Juttner. The German Ambassador Dr Jurgen Murhad also took part in the discussion.

President Sirisena said Sri Lanka’s special friendship with India goes back many centuries and is built on the firm foundation of the message of the Buddha received from India. He also said that China is an important economic giant whose investments are sought all over the world and Sri Lanka has strong ties with China in many fields.

The President thanked the German Parliamentary delegation for the assistance received from their country for the development in Sri Lanka for decades.

When the delegation asked about the areas in which further assistance is required, President Sirisena replied that technology training, water purification and other programmes launched by the Government to prevent chronic kidney diseases would require foreign assistance.

The German Parliamentary delegation extended fullest support to President Sirisena’s policies to strengthen reconciliation, democracy and develop the country. They congratulated the President on his successful implementation of several important programmes since forming the new government. They said Sri Lanka is a vibrant nation strategically situated in the centre of the fastest growing region.

President Sirisena said his intention is to get the approval of Parliament to the proposed new Constitution that would ensure all the communities live in peace and contentment. (Colombo Gazette)