US President Barack Obama praised President Maithripala Sirisena’s commitment and actions taken for strengthening of democracy and good governance in Sri Lanka.
According to the Sri Lanka government, Obama made these remarks Sept. 28 at a meeting with President Sirisena while participating in the 70th session of the UNGA.
President Obama expressed his appreciation about the changes occurred in Sri Lanka under the new government.
In response, President Sirisena said his determination is to build reconciliation in the country. “I strongly believe that reconciliation should be established in the country after bringing an end to the war,” Sirisena said, according to the Sri Lanka government.
Additionally, when Sirisena requested for assistance for poverty alleviation, the US President stated his government will extend fullest assistance to Sri Lanka in that regard.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, at his meeting with President Sirisena on Saturday (Sep. 26) stated that President Maithripala Sirisena has won the grace of world leaders today because he is leading the country towards a correct path. He wished well for President Sirisena’s programs to achieve this objective.
A meeting between President Sirisena and the President of South Korea Park Chung-hee was also held during the session. They discussed about the well-being of Sri Lankan workers in South Korea. The South Korean President expressed a highly positive response to the request made by President Sirisena for more employment opportunities to Sri Lankans. She also affirmed South Korean assistance to Sri Lanka’s attempts to seek solutions for the garbage problem in Sri Lanka.
President Sirisena also met the President of New Zealand John Key. The New Zealand President said more investors will be encouraged to invest in Sri Lanka. They also discussed the ways to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries.