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Indian Navy Chief visits Sri Lanka PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Monday, 28 June 2010 11:49


Chief of the Naval Staff of the Indian Navy Admiral Nirmal Verma accompanied by an Indian delegation and Mrs. Madulika Verma arrived in Sri Lanka at Katunayake International Airport by an Indian Air Force Flight on 27th June 2010. They were warmly received at the airport by the Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy Vice Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe and Mrs. Malathie Samarasinghe. Thereafter, the Indian Navy Chief was ushered into Colombo by a Sri Lanka Air Force helicopter.

 Commander Western Naval Area Rear Admiral Damayantha Dharmasiriwardena, the officials of the Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka including its Defence Attache Captain Pradeep Singh and other senior Naval officers were also present at the airport to receive the Indian Navy Chief and his entourage.


Indian Navy Commander pays a courtesy call on President Rajapaksa


Indian Navy Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Nirmal Verma paid a courtesy call on His Excellency President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees on 28 June. Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga, Vice Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe and Indian High Commissioner Ashok Kantha were also present.


Sri Lanka has lesson to world on defeating terror – President Rajapaksa PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Monday, 21 June 2010 09:41

We are aware that some countries being battered by terrorism have taken strength from the victories won by Sri Lanka over terrorism. It is time for the countries facing attacks from terrorism to look back and see where they had gone wrong, whereas Sri Lanka has succeeded, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa, in his address to the Nation on the Victory Day celebrations at Galle Face, Colombo today.

It is a grave error of judgment to think that while being opposed to terrorism targeting you, to believe that terrorism that is no threat to you is good…The world has so far trod on this wrong path. Terrorism remains unvanquished because of this incorrect thinking. The countries that show sympathy towards terrorism and separatism will be the victims of terrorism. This is the lesson of history, President Rajapaksa further said.

India-Sri Lanka Joint Declaration PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Wednesday, 09 June 2010 17:40

1.  At the invitation of the President of India, Smt. Prathiba Devisingh Patil, the President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa, is paying a State Visit to India from 8th – 11th June 2010. The President is accompanied by Mrs. Shiranthi Rajapaksa.

2. The President of Sri Lanka was accorded a ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapathi Bhavan on 9th June 2010. During the visit, the President of Sri Lanka was received by the President of India, who hosted a banquet in his honour.

3. Finance Minister Shri. Pranab Mukherjee, External Affairs Minister Shri. S.M. Krishna, Leader of Opposition Smt. Sushma Swaraj and Chairperson of the United Progressive Alliance Smt. Sonia Gandhi called on President Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa.

4. The President of Sri Lanka had a meeting with the Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on 9th June 2010, which was followed by delegation level talks.

5. The official discussions between the two sides were marked by friendship, mutual respect and understanding. The President of Sri Lanka and the Prime Minister of India agreed that the shared cultural and civilizational heritage of India and Sri Lanka and the extensive people-to-people interaction provided the foundation to build a vibrant and multi-faceted partnership. India-Sri Lanka relations have matured and diversified with the passage of time, encompassing all areas of contemporary relevance, including trade, services and investment, development cooperation, science and technology, culture and education.

6. In consonance with their vision of the future of the India-Sri Lanka relations, the two leaders agreed to further harness the enormous potential available for consolidating and strengthening the bilateral partnership by building on shared values and principles of democracy and pluralism, leveraging common strategic concerns and interests, enhancing connectivity between the two countries, increasing the integration of their economies, and reinforcing the institutional framework for cooperation.
Vibrant policy, immense scope for investment – President PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Saturday, 05 June 2010 01:34

“Those of you who are keen to explore, will find abundant opportunities for investment in Sri Lanka. The scope is immense: from infrastructure, to agri-business, to manufacturing and to a range of services. You will also find that our country offers a rare package of skills, capacity, and a willingness to learn and adapt. Our policy is vibrant, our package is enticing and exciting, and you would do well to join us in our forward march. I earnestly invite you to do so,” said President Mahinda Rajapaksa addressing the Business Forum organized jointly by the Indian and Sri Lankan Chambers of Commerce in Colombo today, to coincide with the IIFA Awards Weekend.

Among the highlights of the President’s address to a large gathering of leading investors from India and Sri Lanka were :

• The world business community is now slowly but surely, acknowledging and appreciating Sri Lanka’s major successes in the economic sphere, though not much reported in the media.

• The relationship between Sri Lanka and India has been anchored in a rich heritage and is irreversible… we are now adding new spice to our relations with India and the world, with new and varied business opportunities.

• We strongly believe that to bring permanent peace there must be development. As I have often said, “there is no peace without development, and no development without peace.”

• We faced the global economic crisis bravely, and with certainty; our currency did not fluctuate unduly, and absorbed the shock of the massive global capital flight… Not a single bank or regulated financial institutions collapsed during the crisis, due to quick and well planned interventions, which built confidence. We faced all these successfully, while fighting terrorism.

• What we have achieved in terms of rehabilitation of those misled youth, and the resettlement of the IDPs, is far superior to any such exercise anywhere in the world.

Minister Prof. Peiris briefs the media on the outcome of his visit to USA PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Tuesday, 01 June 2010 14:05
The Minister of External Affairs Prof. G.L. Peiris addressing a media briefing held today (1st June 2010) on the outcome of his recent visit to the United States stated that he was very much encouraged by the US leadership’s extremely positive response towards Sri Lanka government’s initiatives since the end of the war. When Minister Peiris had expressed appreciations for the recent removal of the US travel warning on Sri Lanka, Secretary Clinton had observed that it was a vote of confidence in Sri Lanka as well as a reflection on the safe and secure environment.
The Minister stated that following the two national elections which produced resounding electoral mandates for the government, the US has expressed confidence about the democratic process and the political leadership of Sri Lanka. The Minister pointed out that the US political culture is characterised by respect for democratic electoral processes. The Minister had also briefed Secretary Clinton about the revival of the democratic process that was interrupted due to terrorism in the North and the East, including holding of island wide elections. He also briefed the US side about the removal of the majority of the Emergency Regulations that were enacted during the conflict. The US side had also appreciated President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s consultations with the Tamil leadership during the ongoing political consultations.

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