President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has urged all politicians to set an example to the country through their actions.
The Head of State addressing the 74th Independence Day celebrations this morning at the Independence Square noted that through such actions a majority of citizens will inculcate the same.
The President said challenges before us must be won adding that change must be enforced in order to achieve future goals adding that sacrifices must also be made.
President Rajapaksa said certain sacrifices must be made and expressed his willingness as the President to lead by example.
The President called for the country’s sovereignty to be upheld and protected adding that the public must not be misled by false propaganda.
President Rajapaksa added citizens must not be swayed and must therefore assess the truth and facts and reach decisions individually.
Furthermore, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said he will ensure that extremism does not re-emerge in the country.
The Head of State said today the government has ensured national security as promised.
The President said the people have granted the government the opportunity to implement the policy framework that he presented, and claimed they will not amend decisions reached to promote the use of renewable energy in green agriculture, promoting new world-class education, education reform, encouraging local entrepreneurship, export diversification and enhancing value-added technology, and promoting the use of technology.
The President said they are committed to achieving the primary objectives of a productive citizen, a happy family, a disciplined, virtuous society and a prosperous country.
President Rajapaksa claimed he was granted leadership of the country at a very difficult time and in the last two years have had to seek solutions to many unforeseen problems and in the midst of all those difficulties the government has been able to carry out many development activities.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said he has planned all objectives towards sustainable development for the remainder of his tenure.
The President invited all Sri Lankan expatriates to invest in their homeland as expatriates are a significant resource.
President Rajapaksa said all citizens can directly contribute towards the economy.
The President said the working class actively contribute towards the economy and conveyed his gratitude towards all such individuals.
President Rajapaksa said the sacrifices made by Sri Lankan expatriates during the COVID-19 pandemic cannot be forgotten.
The President said Sri Lankan expats can further contribute towards the development of the nation through investments adding investments are an essential factor of the country’s development process.
The Head of State said the government is always working towards encouraging investments adding the country needs foreign investments as well as local investments.
President Rajapaksa said foreign investments are crucial towards large scale projects, and industries that require modern technological knowledge and businesses that open world market opportunities.
The Head of State said the public must be vigilant of those who attempt to spread false claims against local or foreign investments for political advantages.
Furthermore, President Rajapaksa said he will always uphold his promise to protect the independence that was won for future generations.
The President said he will always uphold the oath as the Head of State to protect unity, territorial integrity and sovereignty.