He said that a key priority for the UK next year will be to create and embrace the many opportunities and meet the challenges that the UK exit in due course from the European Union will bring. (Colombo Gazette) He said that the relationship that Sri Lanka and the UK enjoy is one that is long-standing, broad and enduring. “As 2016 comes to an end it’s a good time to take a moment to reflect on some of the things that Sri Lanka and the UK have done together and achieved over the past twelve months. And as we all look forward to the start of the new year, it’s worth taking a moment to reflect on the opportunities and challenges 2017 will bring for our two countries, and on what will be important to us and what we would like to achieve in the months ahead,” he said. Britain says the majority of Sri Lankans will be looking forward to having in 2017 a new Constitution, one that will help to create the right framework for really good long-term community relations.The British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka James Dauris said that Sri Lankans will also be keen to see more advances towards reconciliation next year. The High Commissioner said that the UK shares the welcome given by people in every community in Sri Lanka to the many positive steps taken over the year to help achieve and advance reconciliation between communities.“With reconciliation will come the confidence and trust that will help to bring sustained and enduring peace and prosperity to Sri Lanka and Sri Lankans. It is not only the government that has taken the lead, but Parliament, regional and local authorities, religious leaders, civil society groups of all sorts and everyday people working together to bring about good outcomes. I am pleased at all that my High Commission and the British Council have been able to do to help, and we stand ready to continue to give our support,” he said.
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