UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed said that in celebrating Sri Lanka’s 70 years of independence, she also recognizes how, at a time of growing division around the world, the diversity of the United Nations strengthens common humanity.
The Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in New York celebrated Sri Lanka’s 70th Anniversary of Independence with a diplomatic reception.
Over 200 high dignitaries including a large and representative gathering of Permanent Representatives, senior officials of the UN, Sri Lankan professionals and members of the press among others, were present to mark the occasion. Ms Amina Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary-General represented the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres.
Amina Mohammed extended the support of the UN system to the commitment and reconciliation efforts of Sri Lanka’s unity Government.
Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the UN, Dr. Rohan Perera said that the 70th anniversary of independence held under the theme “One Nation” was an opportune moment in time for Sri Lanka to take stock, learn lessons and articulate a common vision for the future.
“Sri Lanka looks to the future with great optimism”, the Ambassador said, adding that the country is now in an era of good governance based on the principles of democracy, unity, inclusivity and reconciliation.
“History has illustrated time and again that Sri Lanka’s resilience is boundless and our capacity for growth is limitless, he also noted. (Colombo Gazette)