Colombo, Feb 4: On the even of 71st National Day, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Monday urged all political parties to unite to eradicate poverty and corruption in order to accomplish the ultimate goals of Independence.
In an inspiring speech, Sirisena said that Sri Lanka has every potential and could accomplish colossal tasks just like any other great civilisation. "Our prime objective should be to collectively commit ourselves to achieving the true meaning of the freedom we obtained with a new vision and renewed vigour," he added.
"For future progress we need people with spirits invigorated by national customs, values and culture. We are people who established our own national identity from the beginning. Therefore, on this auspicious occasion, I would like to emphasize that time has come to build the economy of our country on the foundation of agriculture."
Sirisena further remembered all the great men and women who dedicated themselves in safeguarding the freedom and independence of the island nation along with the thousands who sacrificed their lives for the same purpose.
Meanwhile, in a letter, Britain's Queen Elizabeth congratulated Sirisena on the occasion of the island country's 71st National Day and sent her best wishes for the good fortune and happiness of the people of Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka held a grand military parade in capital Colombo to mark the 71st National Day which included an air and sea parade by the air force and the navy.
President Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, political legislators and diplomats were among those who were present to view the parade.
Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih was the Chief Guest at this year's celebratory event held in Colombo. (UNI)