Tuesday, 22nd June 2021

President Gotabaya: Sri Lanka reiterates firm commitment to SAARC

Colombo, Dec 09 (BAN/ AD): President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has said that Sri Lanka stands strongly committed to the principles and objectives of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC).

President said “enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of our cooperative mechanisms, particularly on areas which are priorities to the people of our region.”

Sri Lankan President’s message: Message on the Occasion of the Commemoration of 35th SAARC Charter Day, 08th December 2019

It gives me great pleasure to extend warm greetings from the people and Government of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka on the occasion of the 34th Anniversary of the founding of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) to the Governments and peoples of the SAARC Member States.

The SAARC Charter Day provides an occasion to recall the contribution made by the founders of our Association and to re-dedicate ourselves to furthering the common goals and objectives that we have set for ourselves. Sri Lanka, as a founding member, attributes high importance to the purposes and principles of the SAARC Charter which aims to promote peace, stability, amity and progress in the region through strict adherence to the principles of the UN Charter and Non-alignment.

The Member States of SAARC are faced with challenges in the areas of education, food security, nutrition, poverty alleviation, and eradication of terrorism. Despite progress made in some of the key areas, these challenges continue to affect the wellbeing of large sections of our populations. As a region, we have to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of our cooperative mechanisms, particularly on areas which are priorities to the people of our region. |

We have much to share with the world in terms of art, culture, philosophy and religion. In this regard, we are pleased to host the SAARC Cultural Centre in Sri Lanka, which is- working towards building close cultural linkages among the people of South Asia. We owe it to the future generations to protect the rich cultural heritage of our region.

The Member States of SAARC are better positioned to provide the necessary safety networks to address major concerns such as security through forming effective alliances. The Region as a whole requires to forge new avenues of cooperation to steer the Organization to be more effective in addressing the emerging challenges.

I take this opportunity: to reiterate Sri Lankas firm commitment to SAARC and its objectives and remain confident of the determination of the governments and peoples of our region towards fostering stronger cooperation that is essential for peace, stability and economic prosperity in our region.

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