President Ranil Wickremesinghe says his goal is to form an all-party government by bringing together all political parties in order to overcome the social, economic, and political challenges faced by the country.
The Head of State yesterday called on the Chief Prelates of the Malwathu and Asgiriya Chapters.
President Wickremesinghe said he eagerly expects the advice and guidance of the Maha Sangha for the programme towards rebuilding the country.
The President explained that the people’s problems such as shortage of essentials, fertiliser shortages, inflationary pressure and unemployment were not wiped out just because he accepted the post of President.
The Head of State warned that Sri Lanka would be destroyed if the situation continues to worsen.
President Wickremesinghe pointed out that Sri Lanka’s GDP decreased by 7%, adding that it is futile to repeat old slogans without providing efficient solutions.
President Wickremesinghe commented that each political faction is of different opinions as to how the economic crisis came about in Sri Lanka.
However, the President stressed on the importance of working together without creating divisions among each other.
President Wickremesinghe also noted that individuals are trying to initiate a ‘go home Ranil’ protest, which he explained would be contradictory since certain groups torched his residence.
President Ranil Wickremesinghe also said that an agreement with the International Monetary Fund has been pushed back to September due to the unrest over the past weeks.
President Wickremesinghe said even though he had aimed to reach an agreement by early August, it has now been pushed back by a month.
The President also recalled that the Peoples struggle was initiated by the youth calling for Political reforms, but was later hijacked by political groups for personal gain.
President Wickremesinghe also pointed out that the country needed new sources of foreign revenue to pay off its debt and sustain its economy.
The Head of State called on all factions to unite and promote peace and unity.