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The Maha Sangha in New York, including the venerable Kurunegoda Piyatissa, the Chief Incumbent of the New York Buddhist Temple attending the event blessed   the President with the chanting of Seth Pirith.The President also engaged in a cordial discussion with the Sri Lankan community in New York. (Colombo Gazette) He also said that he will use the power given to him by the people of the country  for the betterment of the country and its people. Speaking to the Sri Lankan community at the temple, the President said that the new government has received a significant assistance from the international   community to strengthen the economy of Sri Lanka. President Maithripala Sirisena said that his Government will take steps to strengthen freedom, democracy and human rights in the country by introducing a new Constitution.The President, who was in New York to attend the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA),   made these observations after engaging religious observances at the New York  Buddhist Temple.

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