Sri Lanka has reiterated it firm commitment to the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) and its objectives.
In a message to mark the occasion of the SAARC Charter Day today President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said that Sri Lanka, as a founding member, attributes high importance to the purposes and principles of the SAARC Charter which aims to promote peace, stability, amity and progress in the region through strict adherence to the principles of the UN Charter and Non-alignment.
“The Member States of SAARC are faced with challenges in the areas of education, food security, nutrition, poverty alleviation, and eradication of terrorism. Despite progress made in some of the key areas, these challenges continue to affect the wellbeing of large sections of our populations. As a region, we have to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of our cooperative mechanisms, particularly on areas which are priorities to the people of our region,” he said.
The President said that the Member States of SAARC are better positioned to provide the necessary safety networks to address major concerns such as security through forming effective alliances.
“The Region as a whole requires to forge new avenues of cooperation to steer the Organization to be more effective in addressing the emerging challenges,” he added.
The President reiterated Sri Lanka’s firm commitment to SAARC and its objectives and is confident of the determination of the Governments and peoples of the region towards fostering stronger cooperation that is essential for peace, stability and economic prosperity in the region.