The United National Party (UN) today placed the cash deposit on behalf of UNP Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa at the Elections Commission for the 2019 Presidential election.
Premadasa will contest on behalf of the New Democratic Front (NDF) under the ‘swan’ symbol.
Meanwhile Premadasa told the diplomatic community based in Colombo yesterday that he is firmly committed to maintaining a policy of friendship with all nations, both in the region and beyond.
“Considering our geographic location, our foreign policy will be focused on working with all nations in partnership, to transform Sri Lanka into a hub in the Indian Ocean, with a knowledge-based, competitive, social-market economy. For this purpose open trade, freedom of navigation, and a rules-based world order are essential. Sri Lanka will remain firmly committed to these principles,” he said.
Premadasa said that a Government under him will work closely with countries with which they already have development assistance programmes, trade partnerships and strong people-to-people contacts, while forging new and stronger connections with Indian Ocean nations and beyond.
“We recognize the significance of our geographic location in the East-West maritime highway, and we want to ensure that we have mutually beneficial, meaningful and constructive partnerships with all nations. Air and maritime connectivity will play a critical role in our nation’s progress,” he said.
Premadasa also said it is evident that there cannot be sustainable economic development without reconciliation, stability and peace in our country.
“The steps that have been taken in the last few years to strengthen reconciliation, rule of law, human rights and democracy have played an important role in placing Sri Lanka on a progressive path to healing and realizing our vision of a reconciled, democratic and developed Sri Lanka. Harnessing our full potential as a modern, stable, prosperous nation requires celebrating, acknowledging and fully recognising our country’s multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multi-lingual nature, while securing individual rights and upholding the dignity of all citizens. Our journey on this progressive path to build inclusivity and undertake necessary reform initiatives will continue,” he said.
On the international stage, he said, Sri Lanka will pursue meaningful engagement with all partners, and remain committed to facilitating dialogue, building trust, and strengthening multilateral mechanisms and processes.