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‘We must fix country before North-East’ states Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickeremesinghe pledged that his party would rebuild the economy in the Tamil North-East of the island, but said that first the economy of the whole island needed a “fix”.

Speaking at a rally in Vavuniya, Mr Wickremesinghe vowed to bring development projects to the North-East.

"But before we take steps to fix the economy in the North-Eastern region we have to fix the country's economy," he said.

"We have to start taking steps in line with this agenda,” he added. “We are going to develop the Trincomalee Port,” he said, noting that “it is the best port in Bay of Bengal”.

Mr Wickremesinghe also declared that the former head of Sri Lanka’s army, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, would be overseeing plans to develop Trincomalee with assistance from an organisation in Singapore.

"North east has not been forgotten,” he declared.

“We are all Sri Lankans. We all have the right to exist. Only we have solutions. Only we can find required finances.”

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