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Foreign diplomats respond to Ranil’s appointment

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Several foreign diplomats have said again that their country is committed to Sri Lanka after Ranil Wickremesinghe became the 8th Executive President of Sri Lanka.

US Ambassador Julie Chung said, “We are looking forward to working with new President Ranil Wickremesinghe.”

In these hard times, she said, it will be important for all parties to work even harder together to solve the economic crisis, protect democracy and accountability, and build a stable and safe future for all Sri Lankans.

The Indian High Commission in Colombo said that, according to the Sri Lankan Constitution, Ranil Wickremesinghe was elected President of Sri Lanka today.

“As a close friend and neighbor of Sri Lanka and a fellow democracy, we will continue to support the people of Sri Lanka in their efforts to find stability and economic recovery through democratic means and values, established democratic institutions, and the constitution,” the Indian High Commission said.

British High Commissioner Sarah Hulton said that the United Kingdom (UK) is looking forward to working with the new government led by Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe to meet the needs of all Sri Lankans, including calls for political and economic reform.

“We urge all parties to protect democratic and inclusive governance, including the right to peacefully protest,” she said.

The Canadian High Commission in Colombo said that Canada takes note of the election of President Ranil Wickremesinghe to parliament, which is in line with Sri Lanka’s Constitution.

We encourage efforts to make political and economic changes as soon as possible to help the people of the island. The High Commission added, “We strongly encourage the Sri Lankan government to promote and respect democracy and human rights as it works to solve this crisis.”

The Australian High Commission in Colombo said that Ranil Wickremesinghe was elected as Sri Lanka’s President through a democratic and constitutional process.

Australia now wants the new government to work for long-term economic stability, including with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Australia will continue to help the people of Sri Lanka, it said.

Michael Appleton, the New Zealand High Commissioner for Sri Lanka, said that Sri Lanka’s Parliament has chosen Ranil Wickremesinghe to be the country’s 9th President.

This is the first step in a political transition that will include choosing a new Prime Minister and Cabinet. New Zealand is looking forward to the formation of a government that reflects the will of Parliament and the Sri Lankan people.

Sri Lankans continue to have a hard time because of the economic crisis. There is an urgent need for a deal to be made with the IMF and for economic reforms to be put in place. He also said that New Zealand will continue to work with international partners to help Sri Lankans during this very hard time.

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