July 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka Opposition Leader and the leader of Tamil National Alliance R. Sampanthan requested the visiting Thailand Prime Minister to encourage Thai private sector investors to invest in the North and East.
The Opposition Leader met with the Thailand Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-Cha, who was on an official two-day visit to Sri Lanka, on Friday (13th) in Colombo.
A TNA media statement said Mr. Sampanthan, highlighting the longstanding bilateral relationship between the two countries commended the progress made by Thailand in the past.
He told the visiting PM that Sri Lanka was unable to advance in development due to the longstanding conflict, which has not been resolved for the past 70 years.
Briefing on the steps taken by the government to address the national question Mr. Sampanthan said that the Tamil community wants a peaceful resolution through a new Constitution on the basis of equality and self-respect, and they will extend their support to the government to achieve such power-sharing arrangements.
Moreover, as per Lord Buddha's teachings, the right thing must be done to resolve this issue permanently, Mr. Sampanthan said.
Speaking on the need for Investments in the North and East Mr. Sampanthan emphasized and requested the Prime Minister to encourage the Thai private sector investors to invest in the North and East. Further, the people in the North and East are in need of employment opportunities and their economic status must be uplifted said Mr. Sampanthan.
Appreciating the initiatives taken to establish a sugar factory in the North by the Thailand Investors Mr. Sampanthan requested more of such investments to the former war-torn areas and highlighted the adverse impact of the war in achieving development by these very hard working people of the North and East. Further, he emphasized that more investments would certainly uplift the Economic condition of the people in North and East and in the whole of Sri Lanka.
While assuring that he will certainly encourage the Thai Investors to invest in Sri Lanka the Thailand Prime Minister also requested Mr. Sampanthan to extend his support to facilitate these investments in the future.
Along with Mr. Sampanthan TNA spokesman and the Jaffna District Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran was also present at the meeting.