On the occasion of Sri Lanka’s 76th National Independence Day, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, M.U.M. Ali Sabry, issued a message emphasizing the significance of the milestone and reflecting on the nation’s journey towards economic recovery.

Minister Sabry acknowledged the integral role of economic independence in the post-freedom era, citing the remarkable recovery and upsurge in the economy within the past year. He attributed this progress to effective leadership and teamwork, with a special mention of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and diplomatic missions abroad contributing to the nation’s economic revival.

While expressing cautious optimism about the future, Minister Ali Sabry highlighted Sri Lanka’s commitment to democratic principles, human rights, and the rule of law. He underscored the Ministry’s role in establishing institutions like the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Office for Overseas Sri Lankan Affairs (OOSLA) to promote inclusivity and protect citizen rights.

The Minister emphasized Sri Lanka’s dedication to international cooperation, actively engaging in bilateral and multilateral efforts to address global challenges such as climate change, economic development, and peace. He noted the country’s increased global engagement through bilateral visits and consultations, as well as assuming leadership of the Indian Ocean Rim Association.

However, Minister Ali Sabry urged a focus on internal unity, emphasizing that the nation is still a work in progress in terms of forging a cohesive and strong Sri Lankan identity. He called for resisting divisive policies and embracing unity within diversity while continuing economic policy reforms.

In conclusion, Minister Ali Sabry extended his wishes for a happy Independence Day to all Sri Lankans, underscoring the importance of collective efforts to propel the nation forward.