All Sri Lankans should help rebuild nation – President

(LANKAPUVATH | COLOMBO) – President Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his Independence Day message, called on all Sri Lankans to persist with the present trajectory to achieve prosperity in the coming years.

He said that Sri Lanka has effectively navigated through challenges to establish economic stability.

The President’s message: “As we commemorated the 75th year of our nation’s Independence last year, we encountered the indignity of being labelled a financially bankrupt country. Nevertheless, upon the advent of the 76th Independence Day, we have effectively navigated through these challenges, steering the economy toward stability despite numerous impediments and challenges.

Achievements were realised progressively, owing to the steadfast support of our citizens who endured hardships in keeping with a comprehensive, long-term national rebuilding program. Throughout this journey, challenges will gradually dissipate, life’s burdens will lighten, the economy will fortify and Mother Sri Lanka will undergo a renaissance.

Upon gaining Independence in 1948, global expectations envisioned Sri Lanka evolving into a developed nation in the East, given our favourable background. Regrettably, we deviated from this course and found ourselves grappling with economic difficulties.

It is imperative that we obtain insights from past mistakes and avoid their repetition. With the current growth trajectory acknowledged globally, let us collectively resolve on this Independence Day to persist on this path and reinstate prosperity. I invite all Sri Lankans, at home and abroad, to contribute their utmost energy to the noble mission of rebuilding our nation.”

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