On the occasion of the 68th anniversary of the Sri Lankan Independence Day, I wish to extend my warmest greetings and congratulations to all Sri Lankans, particularly those residing here, persons of Sri Lankan origin in Singapore and the readers of this esteemed publication. I also avail this opportunity to renew the cordial greetings of the leadership and people of Sri Lanka to the leadership and people of the Republic of Singapore.
On this historic day, we recall with reverence and respect, the determination and sacrifices rendered by our forefathers of all ethnicities and religion for the realization of our nation that we all cherish today. This demonstrates that the different communities in the country showed promise of being able to live and work towards common national goals in peace, harmony and unity. Thus, let’s make a resolve on this auspicious occasion to strengthen our stand for a new Sri Lanka in which ethnic, cultural and linguistic diversity is respected, celebrated and valued.
With reinvigorated efforts to strengthen social, political and economic policies that give the highest priority to the needs of the people, Sri Lanka has made positive strides in various fields including in governance, social harmony and empowerment of its people. The new Government’s policies have also resulted in improvement of the country’s economic outlook and would no doubt, harness its true economic potential in the years to come.
Sri Lanka and Singapore enjoy a strong and cordial relationship marked by mutual understanding, cooperation in multifaceted fields and shared perceptions on key regional and international issues. Sri Lanka values Singapore’s contribution for many development initiatives. The bilateral trade and investment are to reach new heights. These developments are encouraging to aspire for higher goals in several other established sectors, and even widen our cooperation into new fields.
The bonds of friendship between the leaders of the two countries draw strength from the strong people-to-people contacts as one of the main pillars in our growing relations. I therefore, take this opportunity to thank the Sri Lankan community in Singapore for their continuous and significant contribution to strengthen the relationship between the two countries. I would also like to express my best wishes for the friendly people of Singapore on this special occasion.