I total commitment is to accomplish the essential needs of the country and not to regain the power, said President Maithripala Sirisena.
“Some alleged that I have betrayed my country through my government’s foreign policy. I reject such allegations. No nation has tried to influence or pressurise the Sri Lankan government. But, they have one common view; which is a call to strengthen democracy, human rights and freedom,” President Sirisena said.
He was addressing the dialogue on ‘Sri Lanka in Global Affairs: The journey since January 2015” at the BMICH, on June 13.
Speaking further, the President stated that he will take necessary steps to develop the country while strengthening the international relations.
“The current government is following a very honest and open foreign policy”, he stated.
The President said that certain issues have arisen as a result of not understanding the value of reconciliation and good governance by some sections of our people and further said that the future of our country depends on making the values such as reconciliation and good governance a reality.
This intellectual dialogue has been organized to analyze the successes achieved by Sri Lanka in the field of international relations.
The keynote address at the event was delivered by Prof. Ram Manikkalingam at the University of Amsterdam. The panel discussion was moderated by Ambassador H.M.G.S. Palihakkara. The Governor of the Eastern Province, Austin Fernando, Prof. Jayadeva Uyangoda and Dr. Dayan Jayathillake were among the discussants.