People-centred foreign policy
Foreign Affairs Ministry will initiate a people-centred foreign
policy aimed at providing social and economic benefits to the people,
Foreign Affairs Minister Rohitha Bogollagama said.
The Minister made these remarks at a press conference held under the
theme ‘foreign policy vision and the results achieved’ at the Lakshman
Kadirgamar centre on International Affairs in Colombo yesterday.
“We have overcome the terrorist problem now and we will be able to
launch a massive development drive with international support. During
the past four years, our foreign missions played a major role to defeat
the LTTE activities in the international arena. These missions also
contributed immensely to preserve the image of Sri Lanka. Nearly 33
foreign countries banned this terrorist movement in their soil.
We were also able to stop the continuation of their activities with
international support.Now is our time for initiating economic
development in the country by attracting foreign investment and
technical assistance. We can launch this program of action under Mahinda
Chinthanaya and through bilateral relationship based on our non-aligned
These development programs include improvement on Colombo-Matara
railway track, harbours at Galle, Hambantota and Oluvil, expansion of
Colombo harbour, Puttalam Coal power project, Uma oya hydro power
project etc, the Minister said.