Sept 24, New York: The United Nations Secretary-General Antñnio Guterres has assured Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena that the UN is ready to provide every possible assistance to Sri Lanka in its efforts to build a prosperous nation where reconciliation is strengthened.
The UN Secretary-General has given this assurance when he met with President Sirisena, on Saturday (23) on the sidelines of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
The Secretary-General encouraged the Sri Lankan President and his Government to secure a long-term political settlement through constitutional reforms and to establish the remaining transitional justice mechanisms, readout on the meeting said.
The Secretary-General and the President discussed the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. He thanked Sri Lanka for its generous contribution to the United Nations Haiti Cholera Response Trust Fund.
Mr. Gutteres commended President Sirisena's commitment in adopting agreements set out in the Paris Convention and expressed his appreciation over implementing sustainable development goals in the development process of the country.
Recalling a tour he made to Sri Lanka in 1978 as the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Mr. Guterres said that he had visited many areas including Sigiriya, Dambulla and Polonnaruwa during that tour.
He also emphasized that the UN will continue to provide support to Sri Lanka while strengthening the ties with the member state.
Expressing his views the President said the Sri Lankan Government is committed to see to successfully realizing the initiatives taken for the development and the reconciliation and the assistance of the international community is needed for success.
During the meeting the President invited the UN Secretary General to visit Sri Lanka to observe the island nation's progress in the journey of achieving the development targets and the reconciliation process.