President Rajapaksa has reaffirmed Sri Lanka’s firm and continued commitment to SAARC and its objectives.
The President made this reference in a message to mark the 25th Anniversary of the SAARC. The President said member countries should work hard to achieve the noble goals of SAARC at a time it was commemorating its silver jubilee. SAARC now stands on the threshold of its continued onward journey towards the next generation of cooperative efforts. He pointed out that courageous measures should be initiated to face future challenges.
Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne SAARC Charter Day provides an opportune occasion for all nations to re-dedicate themselves to furthering the common goals and objectives that had been set. He said the journey towards fulfilling the objectives of the Charter will be one that all the Member States of SAARC would have to continue upon with utmost commitment, in the larger interest of the people of the region.
In another message Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris said he believed that the partnership nurtured between the nations over the last two-and-a-half decades through the SAARC process had given the necessary confidence to chart the future course of action with renewed conviction. He emphasized that Sri Lanka, for its part, will continue to remain committed to the strengthening of the SAARC process.