Foreign Minister GL Peiris says the government has recognised the need to address challenges such as achieving tangible progress on a range of issues relating to accountability, reconciliation, human rights, peace and sustainable development.
Speaking in Parliament today, the Minister said in this effort, the government will be open and responsive to constructive criticism and international overtures made in good faith.
Minister Peiris however said Sri Lanka does not need to compromise independence, national sovereignty nor self-respect as a nation in achieving these tasks.
Commenting on his recent bilateral meetings with various foreign delegates during the visit to New York, the Foreign Minister said Sri Lanka reaffirmed commitment to democratic norms, ideals and commonly shared values.
The Minister recalled a statement by the President who stated “The economic impact of the pandemic has been especially severe on developing countries. This has placed the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals at considerable risk.”
He added this is the greatest challenge that faces us collectively.
Minister Peiris said Sri Lanka has taken leadership in some critical spheres and is at the helm of some key aspects of environmental activism.
He noted that as a country vulnerable to extremes of climatic change, our forthcoming engagement at the COP26 in the United Kingdom will only underline our commitment to our common, interdependent future.