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Rivalries or conflicts of the great powers should not hinder

Sri Lanka’s access to the Indian-African market - President

* Will Develop Sri Lanka through the 25-year new reformist programme
* Inviting the entire youth community including diaspora to build the country
* Sri Lanka’s aspiration is to maintain its political independence and move forward with the world’s largest trading groups

President Ranil Wickremesinghe emphasized during an interview organized by Harvard University on March 24, through Zoom technology, that Sri Lanka’s access to the growing Indian and African markets should not be disrupted by any big power rivalry or conflict.

The President also highlighted the rising competition between China and the Quad, has been further aggravated by the newly formed ‘Aukus’ pact between Australia, the United States, and the United Kingdom.

Additionally, he stated that Sri Lanka supports ASEAN’s vision of the Indo-Pacific region and is committed to ensuring the freedom of navigation in the Indian Ocean and the security of undersea cables, as it is essential for the future of the country.

He said that Sri Lanka aims to achieve a significant development goal in the next 25 years by working alongside other countries in the Indian Ocean and South Asia. The government’s 25-year new reformist programme will drive the country towards this objective, and the President has invited the entire Sri Lankan youth community, including those living in the diaspora, to actively participate in building a developed Sri Lanka. President Wickremesinghe also stated that Sri Lanka plans to become an upper-middle-income country by 2048, which marks the 100th anniversary of independence from colonial rule, and achieving this goal depends on the country’s commitment to economic reforms.

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