21 June, 2024


Our Best Days Are Yet To Come

By Mangala Samaraweera

Mangala Samaraweera -Minister of External Affairs

Mangala Samaraweera -Minister of External Affairs

Honorable John F. Kerry, Secretary of State of the United States of America,

Assistant Secretary Nisha Biswal,

Distintinguished guests,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

America is known all over the world as the land of opportunity.

I am certain this aspiration resonates deeply with many of you in the audience, as Sri Lanka herself has recently embarked on a journey of opportunity and hope.

The values of American democracy are enshrined in her history by the collective American experience of fighting to secure those freedoms. Those of us who live in the ‘Pearl of the Indian Ocean’ have proven beyond doubt that we too are willing to struggle to transform Sri Lanka into a land of opportunity and plenty.

The non-violent Sri Lankan struggle for freedom encompassed Sri Lankans of all races, religions, classes, castes and creeds in a ‘Rainbow Revolution.’ It led to the elections of January 8th and a subsequent return of democracy to Sri Lanka.

In the context of her peaceful democratic transition, Sri Lanka is an outlier in the age of the Arab Spring and perhaps a role model for transitioning nations. Here in Sri Lanka, instead of bullets, pellets and stones, our citizens united for change by using the ballot box.

The first 100 days of the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government have entrenched the importance of rule of law, basic freedoms and good governance.

The apex of the 100 day programme, was of course last Tuesday, when the 19th Amendment to our constitution was passed with only one Member of Parliament opposing.

The idea that ’ is thought to be central to the American dream. Today as we rebuild Sri Lanka on the pillars of democracy, ethnic harmony and reconciliation, we too are dreaming of better days to come

By committing ourselves to the safeguarding of universal values and by respecting international system regulations that sustain global stability, we have seen Sri Lanka emerge from a non-traditional period of self-isolation.

The transformation of domestic political norms and the parallel shift in our foreign policy has enabled a renewed engagement with the world, and especially with our fellow democracy, the United States of America.

The partnership dialogue between our two countries, announced today by Secretary Kerry will formalize this consultative process on an annual basis. We also welcome today’s pledge to support our economic development efforts.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Our Guest Speaker, one of the world’s best well-known political figures, does not need a lengthy introduction. Yet, perhaps a brief one would not be out of place.

Secretary John Kerry has had an illustrious career from the time of his graduation at Yale to his service in the US Navy, where he returned from Vietnam with Silver and Bronze stars. He built on these no doubt formative experiences with a degree in Law. After a brief spell as the Governor of Massachusetts, he was elected to the US Senate, where he served for 28 years.

In 2004, our honored guest challenged the incumbent George W Bush in an closely contested Presidential Election.

With due respect to my Republican friends in the U.S, I must confess that I was one of many hoping that John Kerry would emerge the 42nd President of the United States.

Despite the outcome of the elections, John Kerry continued to be force to be reckoned with. He became chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 2009, and served in that capacity for several years. Two years ago President Barack Obama appointed him as the U.S. Secretary of State, the 68th of a long line of distinguished individuals to have held that office.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Honorable John F Kerry’s visit is the first official visit by a US Secretary of State in nearly half a century – 43 years to be precise. His visit at this juncture, signifies our little island’s return to the centre stage of International Affairs.

I also hope that it will be the beginning of a very special friendship between our two countries.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

In my capacity as the Chairman of the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute of International Relations, I now have the great honor of inviting the US Secretary of State, Honorable John Kerry, to address this august gathering.

*Introductory Speech of Mangala Samaraweera at the LKIIRS Address of John Kerry

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  • 11

    Mangala Samaraweera -Minister of External Affairs

    What about the Mahinda Rajapaksa Gang?

    Liars, Crooks, Robbers and Killers?

    What about the crimes committed by them?

    When will you punish them?

    Are you guys all wimps?

    Sri Lankans need a New Sheriff.

    They got a New Sheriff- Maitripala Sirisena. But the New Sheriff needed to shoot as well, not just talk.

    New Sheriff For a Few Dollars More – Clint Eastwood’s Entrance (1965 HD)


    • 1

      Mangala Samaraweera -Minister of External Affairs

      “Our Best Days Are Yet To Come”

      Aluthgama Attack ,Parliamentarian Palitha thewarapperuma’s Experience


      When are you going to apprehend those criminals and murderesr who were arrested and released?

  • 5

    Our Best Days Are Yet To Come…. When…when….. when… Goebells

    • 6


      “When…when….. when… Goebells”

      When clan is sent to scrubs. The members should not be allowed to entertain themselves Bungee-Jumping.

    • 2

      ” Our Best Days Are Yet To Come “

      All thanks to those flower-arranging lessons at St Martin’s-on-the-Fields.

  • 8

    As exactly as said by Foreign Minister,Mangala S, we are heading for a better time. However, spoiler gangs are operating to sabotage same by whatever means, you can easily refer to even essays in CT by DJ which coughs out racism, anti government, etc etc which is only one such activity. The new government must be very alert.

  • 3

    I would not count the chicken before eggs hatch. With US Dollars, we are likely to get another bunch of corrupt crooks in the government and in the hangers-on retinue brigade.

  • 3

    *************YES, FAT TERRORIST PRABHAKRAN IS DEAD….BEST DAYS ARE YET TO COME……EVERYDAY, DOZENS OF LIVES SAVED************NOW, BLAME Mahinda and Gotabaya Rajapaksas************diaspora boys stop weeping now……learn to get over it…………..

    • 1

      Gamini Dullewe

      “*************YES, FAT TERRORIST PRABHAKRAN IS DEAD….BEST DAYS ARE YET TO COME……EVERYDAY, DOZENS OF LIVES SAVED************NOW, BLAME Mahinda and Gotabaya Rajapaksas************diaspora boys stop weeping now……learn to get over it…………..


    • 0

      He he he they why your Southern politicians still talk about LTTE ???????? specially Murderpakse & C0.,

      Diaspora will think about second action only after Murderpakse & Co., enter International Crimnal Court at The Hague ….after this rotting in prison…

      You can now lick USA ………China is bitter now he he he…. but their loans must be repaid ….


  • 1

    May be the best days will come after the MS/MR meeting this week.

  • 1

    All three are practicing kick boxing on each other until the last man/woman stands. Then all falls down.
    Why are they pussy footing? Is there a mystery or total inefficiency.
    Those who are for good governance expect something from the 3 muppets. We keep on throwing stones at them but nothing seem to hit them.
    What do we do folks.?
    Mere promises won’t do ,we want action President and the Premier , you have not much time left to finish off the crooks the drug barons the murderers, the Bonkers from Fly LAN…. Ka., Ect.

    • 1

      Some fools don’t understand and just tick down.

      Fools read the last line it is for for for the YAHAPALANAYA.


  • 1

    Kerry’s boss Obama said today that he is really not happy about the plight of his people .

    I mean he obviously was reffering to the Dalits there.

    He wants fundamental changes but couldn’t do a thing for 7 years.

    Unemployment Black people is over 20 % in some States.

    They are worse off now than than when he took over,

    But our loving FM seems sooo happy and wants us a good time with his mate uncle Kerry.

    Kerry on hs part was bragging how his Ambassador used to raise the Yankee Flag every day in front of our Temple Trees, to remind Rajapaksa of Aerican values

    My fear is our loving FM’s eually lovely Ranil may take up from Kerry and continue to raise the American Flag at Temple Trees every morning.

    BTW, did our FM mention that the Mid Income arrived after Nanthikadal. And it was only 5 years .

    Yahapalanay has been in for over 100 days now.

    Wonder what the growth rate of the ist quarter this year is , in comarison to the first quarter last year.

    But then Mahendran was on holidays and didn’t have the time to crunch the numbers…Right..

    Plus he also had a bit of number crunching to work out how much will flow into the Familiy Trust in LKRs over 30 years.

    Good times are there for sure, But not for the Dalits Sorry poor Sinhala Buddhists.

  • 3


    It is all very well for you to impress the following

    Honorable John F. Kerry, Secretary of State of the United States of America,
    Assistant Secretary Nisha Biswal,
    Distintinguished guests,

    But you haven’t answered our concerns and Mr.Kerrys request which is as follows.

    Kerry urges Sri Lanka cooperation in war-crimes probe
    Colombo asked to free all remaining political prisoners and help search for missing persons by visiting US top diplomat.
    03 May 2015 09:46 GMT

    When you were elected with the Tamil vote I thought there was a wind of change about to Sweep Sri Lankas terrible past.
    But soon our hopes were dashed when you went Globe Trotting in an effort to convince the World that in your Own words the Best is yet come” and you succeeded in convincing the World and pulled a blanket over. But little did I realise at the time the motive behind all this was to protect MR the War winning Criminal. Then I cast my mind back and listened to the election speeches by MS. The clues were there and under the principle of ESTOPPEL MS, RW & You are estopped from going back on your words and now you are trying to cover your tracks. Your following Statements stand as Testimony.

    1) Our Armed Forces are not guilty of any crime and fought a clean war.
    2) In CBKs own words Sinhala Lanka has the expertise to carry out the War Crimes Inquiry.

    Can you please answer the following questions.

    1) How can we trust your system when you have exonerated your armed forces ( where there is overwhelming evidence of their Guilt and Crime) even before the Inquiry has started.
    2) How can we have any confidence in your experts ( Home Grown but half cast I mean Desmond) when one of the potential member has advised the previous GOSL that the Collateral damage caused as a result of heavy shelling of the designated Safe Heavens including Hospital was justifiable which in the eyes of the UN experts amounted to War Crimes.

    Look forward to your reply.

  • 1


    CBK is not stupid.. .

    We don’t have General Sissis in our Armed Forces.

    Even the ones Ranil and Field Marshall have squeezed in recently wouldn’t dare to betray the brave soldiers to the US, Cameron,and Pillai.

    Because they are Generals now enjoying all the perks, thanks to 30.000 poor rural Sinhala and Muslim soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice helping them to overcome Praba and the Diaspora.

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