Mangala Samaraweera's untimely demise is a great loss to the nation, the United National Party and to me, personally.

When I telephoned him yesterday afternoon, I told him that I was looking forward to meeting him on recovery.

But it was not to be - as the uncontrolled pandemic raging in the country had claimed his life by this morning (24). 


Mangala was an outstanding politician who always stood firm for his convictions which involved a Sri Lanka where all were free and equal and where human rights were upheld.


He had an innovative mind that could think out of the box.

Mangala was also a great communicator who championed reconciliation amongst all our peoples.

In the Cabinet of 2015 to 2019, he was a key figure who handled the portfolios of Foreign Affairs and Finance with immense dexterity. 

"Fear no more the frown o' the great;
Thou art past the tyrant's stroke;
Care no more to clothe and eat; 
To thee the reed is as the oak;
The sceptre, learning, physic, must
All follow this, and come to dust." - Shakespeare

Ranil Wickremesinghe
United National Party

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