Keynote Address by President Mahinda Rajapaksa to the Honorary Consuls of Sri Lanka abroad - Presidential Secretariat, Colombo - January 19, 2009
Hon. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rohitha Bogollagama,
Senior Officials of Government,
Honorary Consuls representing Sri Lanka overseas,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
First, let me take this opportunity to wish you a very happy 2009. I consider this meeting with the Honorary Consuls for Sri Lanka who, at our request have arrived in Colombo from near and far as most timely and important.
After being elected as President in November 2005, this is my first opportunity of meeting and interacting with you together. Therefore, I consider this a useful opportunity for me to share with you some of my thoughts in implementing the vision for my country spelt out at the commencement of my presidency.