“No doubt, the wealth of knowledge from your past experiences as the Prime Minister of Portugal and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees will assist you greatly in this endeavour,” he said. The President said that Sri Lanka has been an active member of the United Nations for more than six decades and since the Presidential Election in January 2015, he have taken every endeavour to renew and restore the country’s meaningful engagement with the United Nations.“As such, our relations are strengthened and there is much understanding and productive cooperation between the UN and Sri Lanka. I look forward to the continued engagement of this relationship during your tenure as Secretary-General,” the President said. (Colombo Gazette) President Maithripala Sirisena said that the overwhelming support Guterres had received from the International Community during his election to the  high office is due to the confidence that is placed on his ability and able leadership to steer and guide the United Nations to better serve the challenges faced by the world in the 21st Century. Sri Lanka has congratulated Antonio Guterres, the Secretary-General designate of the United Nations.

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