Sri Lanka’s Mangala Samaraweera sorely missed: USAID chief in poignant tribute | Sinhala News

Sri lanka News – Sri Lanka’s former Foreign Minister and Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera’s wisdom and pragmatic idealism are sorely missed as the country endures profound challenges, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) administrator Samantha Power said.

In a poignant tribute, the USAID chief tweeted that she has been overwhelmed in Sri Lanka by her dear friend Smaraweera’s omnipresent spirit.

A “conviction politician” full of brilliance, creativity and wit, who constantly put country first, Mangala was one of a kind, she said.

Samaraweera passed away in August 2021 from COVID-19.

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Power had just concluded an official visit to Sri Lanka where she met President Ranil Wickremesinghe, opposition figures and civil society leaders to discuss avenues of support to the island nation as it goes through its worst economic crisis since independence.

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Power said that in her meetings with the president, the opposition leader, representatives of the private sector and USAID’s  Sri Lankan staff, Samaraweera’s impacts were invoked and debated so much that she found herself “expecting him to come barreling around the corner”.

“Sri Lankans are enduring profound challenges right now & Mangala’s wisdom, his connection to young people & his pragmatic idealism are sorely missed. But I hope even as we continue to grieve his absence, we can all continue to take inspiration from his memory. I know I will,” she said.

(Colombo/Sep12/2022)

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