Ports and Shipping Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe has faulted the previous regime headed by former President Mahinda Rajapakse for sending wrong signals to the international community.
The then Sri Lankan government did not deliver what it undertook to implement in 2009. The foreign policy was implemented in a way that sent wrong signals to the international community.
He made this observation in the House responding to a statement made by JO Parliamentarian Dinesh Gunawardena. In his address, Mahinda Samarasinghe stated that the former regime sent wrong signals that we were standing with dictators and with the leaders of countries where democracy was not practised well.
He further added that to make matters worse, the then President Mahinda Rajapaksa went to see Gadafi and Sadam Husein and took photos with them. They appeared in newspapers. It sent wrong signals to the countries that helped us, he said.He went on that the Human Rights Council of the United Nations accepts the unity government’s policies since its foreign policy is non-aligned. We did not implement a foreign policy that we practise today. Foreign countries expected that there would be reconciliation after the war.
He concluded that the unity government has changed its foreign policy. The UN has welcomed the move. The Judiciary is independent. We have more to execute. The leadership is ready to guarantee equal rights to all communities.