Sirisena Urges Calm Over Indo-Sri Lanka Trade Agreement


Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena requested citizens not to create unnecessary fears among the people and in other sectors about the Indo-Lanka trade agreement.

“That agreement will be signed after presenting it to the Cabinet and then to the Parliament. If there will be contrary matters in that we will remove them and will sign it as an agreement which will be accepted by everybody,” Sirisena added.

Sirisena made these remarks at the voting of financial heads of the Defense Ministry, presented to the Parliament on Tuesday.

“As a government, we will come into new agreements not only with India but also with all economically strong countries from which we can get economic cooperation,” Sirisena further stated.

Sirisena lamented that misleading and incorrect opinions on the actions taken by the government are being spread by some interested parties. “Those who consider the national security in the country and the betterment of the people, should act according to their own conscious,” he said.

“The new constitution is still in the status of discussion and under the amendments. The government has not come into an agreement on that as yet,” the President stated.

Sirisena said that the government considers the ideas of the scholars and intellectuals when coming into trade or commercial agreements, establishing a new constitutions and bringing new acts.

“If the national security is used for the political advantages and gaining of power in the future, everybody will have to be saddened again. In this program for national security, not only criticism, but also proposals on better plans and suggestions are also essential,” Sirisena further stated.

“The government is committed to fulfill its responsibilities for the national security. We will not weaken the security sectors but strengthen them. The government will take steps to provide required training, modern technology and the resources to our security sectors, to be able to face the situations like cyber crimes,” Sirisena said.

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