President Maithripala Sirisena conveyed best wishes to Pope Francis who celebrates 79th birthday today (December 17).
In a birthday greeting message, President expressed deep appreciation for the efforts of His Holiness to promote cooperation and dialogue and his moral leadership. “The Blessings of Your Holiness are a great strength for Sri Lanka’s path towards national reconciliation and peace,” the President said.
Full text of the Message:
It is with great reverence and warmth that I sincerely convey my best wishes to Your Holiness on the special occasion of your birthday, today.
Your Holiness, I am pleased that during my recent visit to the Vatican we were able to discuss matters concerning peace and reconciliation. We deeply appreciate your personal efforts to promote cooperation and dialogue around the world and also your moral leadership and deep concern on issues of global concern.
The Blessings of Your Holiness are a great strength for Sri Lanka’s path towards national reconciliation and peace.