Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says Sri Lanka is collaborating with other countries to make island the economic hub of Indian Ocean.
Marking 40 years of his political life in Parliament, the Premier in a Facebook post said the government has taken steps to have close links with India while strengthening ties with China and Japan for the betterment of the island.
He said the people wanted an economic and a political revolution and the two major parties felt the need to have a national government to make the changes people wanted.
“We all felt that we need to have a national government to make these changes. It would be very difficult for us. But let’s go ahead and slowly we getting ahead of the issues,” he said.
Speaking of the challenges the unity government of UNP and SLFP has to overcome, the Premier said the government is now dealing with the hidden issues it inherited such as the debt, the national disunity, the international restrictions due to the human rights commitments made by the Rajapaksa government.
“What we’ve done is we stayed together and laid the foundation. We cleared the rubble and laid the political and the economic foundation. At least we coming to grip with the issue of debt,” he said.
The Premier further says that the human right violations took place during Mahinda Rajapaksa regime have been rectified while making the country acceptable to the international community.