United Nations Secretary General António Guterres says the leadership of President Ranil Wickremesinghe will be critical in bringing stability to Sri Lanka.
In a letter congratulating Wickremesinghe on assuming duties as the new President, the Secretary-General said that the United Nations is ready to support the Government and people of Sri Lanka in meeting their immediate and long-term needs.
He also said that the leadership of President Ranil Wickremesinghe will be critical in bringing stability and ensuring an environment conducive to ushering Sri Lanka out of the current challenges it is facing.
The UN Secretary-General has acknowledged the President’s commitment to forge a consensus among all political parties in formulating a national strategy to address these challenges.
The letter also encourages dialogue among all stakeholders, including consultation with the public, as well as respect for rule of law and fundamental human rights principles.
“The United Nations is ready to support the government and people of Sri Lanka in meeting their immediate and long-term needs and is looking forward to continuing the cooperation of the United Nations in building peace, sustainable development and promoting human rights for all Sri Lankans,” António Guterres said.
The UN Secretary-General also welcomed Sri Lanka’s efforts to increase women’s participation in politics. (Colombo Gazette)