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GL briefs Prelates on immense benefits that would accrue from CHOGM

2013 Jul 09

By Cyril Wimalasurendre

External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris and Central Province Chief Ministerial Candidate Sarath Ekanayake with the Mahanayake Thera of the Asgiriya Chapter

... with the Mahanayake Thera of the Malwatte Chapter.

KANDY – The Commonwealth leaders summit to be held in November, where East and West would meet in Colombo, will bring enormous benefits to Sri Lanka, External Affairs Minister Professor G. L. Peiris told the Maha Nayake Theras of Malwatte and Asgiriya on Saturday (06).

Professor Peiris called on the two prelates to brief them on the Commonwealth leaders conference in November and to seek their blessings for the Central Provincial Council Election Campaign led by chief Minister Sarath Ekanayake.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has already given the leadership in organizing the Summit with his able diplomatic relations, Professor Peiris told the prelates.

He said President Rajapaksa had built world-wide relations by his visits to not only the Western Countries out also the West Asian and African countries.

The President had build cordial cordial relations with India and China as well, he said.

The Summit would provide an opportunity to counter the false and malicious propaganda by the Tamil Diaspora in the European countries in particular. It is an honour to hold a meeting of world leaders in Sri Lanka more than 36 years after a similar conference here, Professor Peiris said.

For thirty long years the LTTE harmed this country unleashing out terror and carrying out false propaganda abroad. With the defeat of terrorism many foreign leaders were arriving in the country. The princess of Thailand would visit Sri Lanka during the Kandy Esala Perahera. Those visitors would receive the correct information on the country, Professor Peiris claimed.

The best solution to the 13th amendment could be reached at the Parliamentary Select Committee. It could not be put off merely because some groups did not attend it.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa, during his visits to many countries including China, India, those in West Asia and Africa, had entered into important agreements both economically and commercially beneficial, he said.

In the past Sri Lanka did not take an interest in diplomatic relations with African and Latin American countries. But President Rajapaksa had adopted a different policy, he said.

Most Venerable Udugama Sri Buddharkkitha Mahanayake Thera said that the summit should be made use of to erase the misconcepts the foreign countries had with regard to Sri Lanka.

The prelate said that competent persons should be posted to foreign countries as diplomats. They should be capable of portraying a correct picture of Sri Lanka.

Prelate of Malwatte Most Venerable Tibbatuwawe Sri Siddhartha Sumangala Thera conferred his blessings on the forthcoming Summit.

Chief Minister Sarath Ekanayake accompanied Professor Peiris.


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