UN assures SL its fullest cooperation in promoting racial unity in the country
Secretary General of the United Nations (UN) Antonio Guterres assured President Gotabaya Rajapaksa of the UN's fullest support towards achieving racial unity in Sri Lanka.
A discussion was held between President Rajapaksa and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres at the UN Headquarters in New York.
The Secretary General said that he expects Sri Lanka to continue to play a major social and economic role in the Indian Ocean region.
President Rajapaksa briefed the UN Secretary General on the challenges faced by a country like Sri Lanka with a small economy in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
He elaborated on the impact of COVID-19 on education and the economy of Sri Lanka, not forgetting to commend the World Health Organization (WHO) for its support in handling the pandemic.
Quoting statistics, the Head of State pointed out that over half of the Sri Lankan population has been fully vaccinated, adding that all arrangements have been made to fully vaccinate all those above the age of 15 before the end of November.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres commended the progress made by Sri Lanka in the vaccination drive.
President Rajapaksa also mentioned that the ongoing pandemic is a major obstacle in fulfilling the promises he made to the public when he was elected President in 2019.
He further said that the Government of SL will take immediate action pertaining to missing persons following the conflict and expedite the issuance of death certificates.
He added that he will not hesitate in granting Presidential Pardons to Tamil youth who have been imprisoned for a long period, considering that they have remained in custody even after the legal proceedings concluded.
President Rajapaksa said that the government as well as other states must remain attentive to extremism.