Sri Lanka’s new foreign policy to focus Asian centric middle path: President

Maithripala-Sirisena

Sep 01, 2015 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s new unity government will focus on building an Asian centric middle path as the foreign policy of the country, President said.

“Openness and friendliness will be the base of our foreign policy. This is the century of Asia; so from now my government will be more focused on Asian centric middle path.”

President Maithripala Sirisena was presenting the statement of government policy at the ceremonial sitting of the Parliament today.

President Sirisena added that he is to employ new policies based on his election manifesto while taking into consideration other election manifestos of the 2015 general election.

“Sri Lanka enters an era of consensual politics with the new Government,” President said.

“When preparing the order paper of the new unity government my election manifesto will be the base.”

“Manifestos presented by major political parties in the Parliament at the recent elections have already been compared with mine,” he said.

“So I’ll prepare the new government’s policies using the proposals that go in line with my manifestos good governance framework,” the President said.

President also described the national economic development agenda of the new government.

“The main task of the Government is to achieve rapid development and reconciliation,” President said.

“If we’re to rise as the modern Sri Lankan nation, we have to get rid of harmful feudal residues.”