“My first task, in Sri Lanka’s rise to be among the great nations of the world, would be to ensure lasting national unity and sustainable, permanent peace in our motherland.” This is the observation, the President made, after taking oaths for a second term in office.
The President called upon Sri Lankans to build a great nation united in peace. Their first task is to rise to be among the great nations of the world and ensure lasting national unity and sustainable, permanent peace in the motherland.
The President said he is also dedicated towards steering the country towards a new era, further firming up state ties.
Reiterating Sri Lanka’s non-alignment policy, the President opined “we do not have enemy states or such groups or blocs. During the last era, we worked with many nations in agreement and friendship for national security. We now step into the development era. We extend our hand of friendship to those who assist us in this endeavour” We have the inherited wisdom to tolerate all opinion and take mature decisions. We have a tradition of understanding our problems and conflicts and finding solutions for them.” He further stated “‘We are not a miniature of (any) developed country. We are Sri Lanka. Our motherland is Sri Lanka’.
The people have accorded him the highest possible honour and appreciation. In response, the President emphasized that his only aim was to discharge the real task of a people’s leader keep the people in joy and contentment and leave office.
The President said “There is no higher position you could elevate me to. I too, do not see any higher position I could achieve in our motherland. There is only one place I can think of. It is my home at Medamulana where I will retire to. If when I go there, the people of this country who meet me tell me with gratitude, ‘You have done your duty to your country’; that shall be my greatest satisfaction. I value the joy and contentment of my people more than my own.”