UN Assistant Secretary General for Political, Peace building and Peace Operations Khaled Khiari said The United Nations will always work closely with Sri Lanka.
Khiari made these remarks when he met with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat, yesterday.
Khiari is visiting Sri Lanka as a follow-up to the bilateral meeting with the President and the UN Secretary- General Antonio Guterres held in September this year on the sidelines of the 76th Session of the UN General Assembly. Khiari conveyed the best wishes of UN Secretary- General Guterres to President Rajapaksa and said that the UN is willing to engage in a constructive andpositive engagement with Sri Lanka.
Expressing satisfaction over the President’s affection and interest in the environment, the Assistant Secretary General appreciated Sri Lanka’s commitment to achieving the Millennium Development Goals.
President Rajapaksa expressed gratitude to the UN agencies and donors that have assisted Sri Lanka through the COVAX facility to make the vaccination drive successful and in facing other challenges in the face of the COVID-19 epidemic.