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* 'We enter the New Year with many challenges' - President
Mon, Jan 1, 2018, 10:43 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 01, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena says the nation is entering the New Year with many challenges it has to face to accomplish the goals the country has set for the year.

The economic prosperity, the reconciliation, freedom and further endorsement of Sri Lanka's image internationally are among the priorities in the New Year, the President said in his New Year message.

Full text of the President's Mew Year Message:

Every passing moment adds to our knowledge and experience and at the same time, each and every moment of the future will judge our capabilities to face new emerging challenges. The great commitment and determined courage shown by us to face those challenges and achieve our goals will take us to the level of excellence.

We should bid farewell to the year that ends and welcome the New Year, with new expectations, while prioritizing that vision.

Accordingly, as a country we can consider the past year, as a year in which many positive expectations have been fulfilled. Furthermore, we enter the year 2018 with many challenges that we must face with courage in order to accomplish our goals. The economic prosperity we should gain as a country, the reconciliation which should be deeply instilled in the society, human freedom and a further endorsement of the glorious image of Sri Lanka at the international fora are among those priorities. Our determination and commitment towards making the New Year that begins an amazing one will depend on how far we succeed in achieving these goals.

The New Year dawns at a time when a miraculous beginning of a new chapter of development with a gigantic hydro irrigation project being vested with the people to take the nation speedily towards prosperity.

I wish all the Sri Lankan citizens a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year, in which the people would get the rich harvest from the agricultural lands irrigated with silver blue waters of the Moragahakanda Reservoir.

 

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