Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has called for the transformation of the Indian Ocean Region must be transformed into a maritime zone of peace, to become a hub, which provides new technological knowledge and functions for the advancement of the entire humankind.
He recalled that the World's first woman prime minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike presented a proposal in 1960 at the UN Summit to turn the Indian Ocean into a zone of peace. He stressed each country in the Indian Ocean region should be committed to ensure the international peace, reconciliation and brotherhood as it values the national reconciliation and peace.
He was addressing the valedictory session of the Indian Ocean Conference (IOC) 2017 held at the Temple Trees. He stated that Sri Lanka due its strategic location in the Indian Ocean is a vital center to strengthen the trade and naval activities of the region as well as to benefit the people.
He underlined that Sri Lankan government is fully obliged to implement the decisions taken at the IOC and is extending its hands to all the friendly states to move forward with the new technology while building a better society for the people. Attention of the conference also should be drawn on use of the Indian Ocean for undesirable purposes of war activities, drug smuggling as well as human trafficking.
The National General Secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Party Ram Madhav presented a special memento to the President at the conclusion ceremony.
The Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Ministers Nimal Siripala de Silva, Sagala Ratnayake, Thilak Marapana, John Amaratunga, Deputy Minister Dr. Harsha De Silva, Secretary to the Prime Minister, Saman Ekanayake, and other officials were among the participants.