President says Sri Lanka will maintain middle path foreign policy

President Maithripala Sirisena says Sri Lanka will maintain a middle path foreign policy.

The President expressed the views after three new Ambassadors and two High Commissioners presented their credentials to President Sirisena at the President’s House in Colombo today.

The new envoys are David McKinnon, the High Commissioner of Canada, Yuri B Materiy, the Ambassador of the Russian Federation, Mohamed Hussain Shareef, the Ambassador of Maldives, Gen. (Retd) Shahid Ahmed Hashmat, the High Commissioner for the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and Hussein El Saharty, the Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt.

President Sirisena, referring to close bilateral relations with Sri Lanka and the countries represented by the new envoys expressed confidence that they would strive to further strengthen bilateral friendship and cooperation in many areas including trade, investment and tourism. He said the focus of Sri Lanka’s middle path foreign policy is to establish friendship with all the nations.

Acting Foreign Minister Vasantha Senanayake said that the new envoys have come to Sri Lanka at an important and interesting time as the country, under the leadership of President Sirisena, has won the goodwill and support of the entire international community and is striving towards economic development and reconciliation.

He said the countries represented by them could utilize the current conducive atmosphere for further expansion of economic ties, investments and bilateral trade.

Secretary to the President Austin Fernando and Foreign Secretary Prasad Kariyawasam were also present at this occasion. (Colombo Gazette)

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