Video : Draw attention on common poverty rather than common wealth - says President at CHOGM
President Mahinda Rajapaksa said that the goal of the Commonwealth is to build cooperation among the member nations and mutually help themselves.
He said that hosting CHOGM is a historic occasion for Sri Lanka and it is a tribute to Asia as well.
Expressing his views during the inaugural address to the 22nd Commonwealth Summit this morning President Rajapaksa said that the Commonwealth should first give priority to eliminate common poverty before the common wealth.
The President also expressed his views on winning actions, challenges and the economic goals that Sri Lanka achieved after ending the war in 2009.
President Rajapaksa said in his concluding remarks that the strength of the organization lies in keeping the member countries together.
Addressing the Summit, Commonwealth Secretary General Kamelesh Sharma said that Sri Lanka is a bright member of the Commonwealth.
He also said that the leadership responsibility of the Commonwealth is tasked on Sri Lanka from today.
Addressing the Summit, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said that Sri Lanka has been achieving development after facing huge challenges.
He also said that isolation is not the correct way to strengthen the commonwealth values but to work in unity.
Premier Abbott also said that Sri Lanka has achieved a lot today than in the past, and it has potential to expect a better future.
Heir to the Crown, Prince Charles represented the Queen at the inaugural summit of the CHOGM today.
Having recollected his visit in Sri Lanka after the Tsunami devastation in 2004, Prince Charles said that Sri Lanka faced a lot of challenges during the recent past.
He also said that he expects the Commonwealth would find solutions to the problems of the member countries.