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‘We need international support to achieve desired transformation’: Anura Kumara

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Katunayake, Feb. 10 (DEaily Mirror)- Claiming that Sri Lanka can no longer function as an isolated country, NPP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said today their intention is to strengthen diplomatic ties to garner international support to achieve the desired transformation in the country.

Speaking to the media at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) on his return from India, he said India is an emerging country in the region and country expertise in the IT sector and that Sri Lanka can obtain support from them.

"We must stop the destructive political culture of 76-years. People have high expectations and are awakening to make that transformation. Our intention is to give leadership to this expectation and awakening to make a transformation in the country. We need international support for that transformation. We are not a developed country or a country with modern technology. 

"We need capital and technology in some sectors. We also need to deal with some countries to expand our market. We can't achieve our targets by being an isolated country in the world. Therefore, our target is to strengthen our ties," he said.

Responding to a question, he said the NPP should not change its political or economic policies to visit a country or for diplomatic meetings.

"India is an emerging country in the region. We can obtain more support in sectors such as IT from India. We hope we can get support according to our own agenda and in line with our national plan," he said.


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  • Chameleon Saturday, 10 February 2024 08:49 PM

    Oh my goodness.!! One visit to india

    Reformist Saturday, 10 February 2024 11:29 PM

    Well done Anura. The way to go. You will be able to run the country without the corrupt, but with International support. Hail JVP.

    Polkichcha Sunday, 11 February 2024 11:47 AM

    @ Reformist - Are you sure. It looks like AKD has just woken up from a deep slumber after couple of shots.

    Tissa Fernando Sunday, 11 February 2024 11:31 PM

    They showed him a Bollywood movie.

    SLEx Saturday, 10 February 2024 08:50 PM

    So basically more diplomatic foreign trips and other conventions that need to be attended so Sri Lanka is not isolated. Isn't that the same thing you guys are complaining about in the current government? Hypocrites basically. Complained about everything before to brainwash the public, now saying they will need to do the same as the current Govt but in their own way. Also we need capital and technology in all sectors, not just some. None of our sectors have technology upto par with regional standards, which is why a lot more capital is required to do repetitive work that can be automated.

    Mahila Sunday, 11 February 2024 07:02 AM

    Total and Absolute Ignorance and divorced from REALITY up to NOW!!?? Good learning process with Indian Visit!!!?? We can NOW eat Parippu with confidence, wouldn't be shot to Maim or Kill as in 1987-89!!??? Thank the Lord!!! That means My vote is there? Question lingering are they capable of restoring economy, with Learning Curve starting NOW (2024) or behind in the Game!!?? Let’s SEE??

    Ganesh Saturday, 10 February 2024 09:04 PM

    Isn’t that the same thing RW has been saying all this while? In fact most people forget that without Indias support we would have starved and not got the IMF bailout.

    Tissa Fernando Saturday, 10 February 2024 09:43 PM

    He has been brainwashed by the Indians very well.So he is now going back on everything he did to oppose foreign investments.

    lion Sunday, 11 February 2024 01:55 AM

    The prejudice mind of this man against JVP knew no bounds.

    Ty Sunday, 11 February 2024 12:14 PM

    @ lion - the description fits you more. You cannot stand anybody critisizing JVP. Going back to 71

    Gabriella Saturday, 10 February 2024 09:56 PM

    Live and learn. Well done Anura. Only fools think they know everything. There is more to be gained from saying, “ I don’t know than saying I do know.”Two hundred and twenty seven geniuses have got us to this stage. This is our best chance for a complete system overhaul.

    Tissa Fernando Sunday, 11 February 2024 05:58 AM

    He has watched some Bollywood movies and impressed with India. Now it is easy for Ranil to sell remaining assets to India.

    Liberal One Saturday, 10 February 2024 09:58 PM

    At last what we could not drive into his thick head, modi has successfully done.

    Jiff Saturday, 10 February 2024 09:59 PM

    The day that JVP comes out from the cave they have been living in this country will be developed because it's the JVP that have been obstructing every single thing in this country.

    Tissa Fernando Sunday, 11 February 2024 05:15 AM

    Yes, they have been destroying the youth since 1971.

    Sold to the highest bid Saturday, 10 February 2024 10:01 PM

    Ha ha hore danuna danuna

    Citizens Saturday, 10 February 2024 10:38 PM

    Aha!! One trip to just India only and look at the transformation. Well done, Modi!

    Dee Saturday, 10 February 2024 11:13 PM

    So more and more foreign trips. Next will be backup range rovers and convoys! In the end your ‘Shahodarayas’ will be left high and dry! And the foolish floating voters and the religious guys who ‘form’ them will start again at the next election to change ‘yet another government’ ! Natali Nanayaka and similar minded people! Comments please?

    Paddy Sunday, 11 February 2024 12:13 AM

    Hey Anura, you didn't make a trip to the moon. So, try not to act like Neil Armstrong.

    Amaran Sunday, 11 February 2024 12:49 AM

    Finally, you have realised the TRUTH that no country in the world can function in isolation. So you had objected this for a LONG TIME, and not only that, your party was behind several violent protest. At least now, STOP VIOLENCE THRU TRADE UNIONS, please. Jaya Wewa Hon RW

    Indian National. Sunday, 11 February 2024 01:15 AM

    He will soon learn there will have to be two states in one Sri Lanka for it to improve.

    Single Cell Sunday, 11 February 2024 02:34 AM

    My goodness gracious! the penny has dropped! wowweee

    New Leadership Required Sunday, 11 February 2024 03:14 AM

    There is no denying SL will need more loans to get out of this mess. It’s created over the years by the lavish spending

    Corruption Sunday, 11 February 2024 03:24 AM

    Years of lavish spending

    DPerera Sunday, 11 February 2024 04:37 AM

    Ranil arranged trip already making good pay back!

    kapila Sunday, 11 February 2024 05:16 AM

    Please remember that the "destructive political culture of 76 years" include two violant and destructive insurections by your party too.

    Be Fair Sunday, 11 February 2024 05:38 AM

    Indeed a very welcome attitude from AKD. Perhaps that's a indication of CHANGE it self. Wonder what India did to him for this to be said

    Fred Sunday, 11 February 2024 06:23 AM

    That final sentence is the most important, to quote, According to our agenda and national plan which should be what is in the interests of the people of SL. That is how LKY would have developed Singapore.They had an agenda and plan and they invited and got foreign investment according to their plan and agenda.And that resulted in a win win situation for both, the host country and the foreign investor. Can't be isolated these days not with internet connectivity iphone etc

    Abd Sunday, 11 February 2024 07:15 AM

    People strongly grasp your promises such as scrap all perks ,what parliamentarians enjoying now,due to two reasons. One is country is bankrupt,so we cannot afford such ,two, is they as a group,who directly responsible of leading the economy to that stage, so taxpayers need not to bear that responsibility, second, close to hearts of floating voters is, your promise to collect all due to the country, including, stolen by some,tax evading by some or bad debts of billions of rupees of politicians so far no one give such a promise due to difficulty of fulfilling it,we like to know how you are going to do it.

    Onlooker Sunday, 11 February 2024 07:26 AM

    Glad you realise that your own destructive political culture has brought ruin to SL. Also glad you must stop the destructive political culture of JVP. But then will leopards change their spots. And what did you do with four Ministries under Chandrika's Pariwasa Govt. Hope it will not be from frying pan to fire.

    CJ Sunday, 11 February 2024 07:33 AM

    Need to send Lapaya and his crew on more foreign trips....

    Pohotu hora Sunday, 11 February 2024 07:42 AM

    Throwing mud at successful people is the only way failures like kanchana know.

    Johan Sunday, 11 February 2024 08:47 AM

    To get international financial support there should be a govt.with people's mandate. No country will give financial support for a interim government fearing frauds and corruptions done by SL Parliamentarians.But countries will directly involve to support people directly through various NGOs.Now the den of thieves eyeing NGOs as well

    Still a long way to go to see the poverty in India Sunday, 11 February 2024 09:53 AM

    "We are not a developed country nor a country with modern technology." says Anura after his first and only visit to the land where Buddha was born. Let him enlighten his blind followers first before telling the voters. He can wait and we the voters too will wait till till full enlightenment.

    Dinesh Atukorale Sunday, 11 February 2024 09:58 AM

    It's not diplomatic ties with junkets for the politicians and political buttons kissers in SL diplomatic missions that we need. We require more trade / commercial enterprise cooperation at a business level. More manufacturing diversification. You failed guy. One trip and you seem to think you the tooth Fairey.

    Give then a Chance Too Sunday, 11 February 2024 10:44 AM

    Good JVP / NNP are moving forward with agenda benefiting the population. Whatever they did in the past should be kept aside for the moment until they proof they can change in running the country.

    Hg Sunday, 11 February 2024 11:01 AM

    AKD is still in the kindergarten. Long way to go.

    Godfather Sunday, 11 February 2024 11:07 AM

    It has taken more than five decade for JVP

    ty Sunday, 11 February 2024 11:31 AM

    Learning the basics only now?

    Zombie Sunday, 11 February 2024 11:33 AM

    He is toeing RW's line!

    Jak Sunday, 11 February 2024 11:38 AM

    Looks like AKD has forgotten about expansionist policies of India. Brainwashed?

    Sakya Sunday, 11 February 2024 12:33 PM

    Getting support according to his own agenda and in line with there national plan wishful thinking first will the supporting countries going to accept his agendas and dutifully follow JVP's national plans. He had forgotten that the country is indebted and fallen into abyss to come out we are compelled to follow our lenders agendas and plans not other way around that's the norm beggars cannot be choosers

    Gonston Sunday, 11 February 2024 06:19 PM

    So Anura just found out that India's domestic Air terminals are bigger and better than BIA

    Ragunath Monday, 12 February 2024 04:16 AM

    You are nothing but another who seeks power "either by hook or by Crook". no different from Ranil, Rajapaksas and others before.

    sarath Monday, 12 February 2024 11:52 AM

    Finally Modi taught him a good lesson in politics which the SL voters have not


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