Appreciation and goodwill as President Rajapaksa meets world leaders

Appreciation and goodwill as President Rajapaksa meets world leaders

Appreciation and goodwill as President Rajapaksa meets world leaders

Written by Staff Writer

17 Nov, 2013 | 7:24 pm

A number of heads of state who visited Sri Lanka to participate at CHOGM 2013, held bilateral meetings with President Mahinda Rajapaksa during the weekend.

 
The President met with the Prime Minster of New Zealand John Key for bilateral discussions, in Colombo on Sunday.
 
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott met with President Rajapaksa at the Sirimavo Bandaranaike Exhibition Centre at the BMICH complex in Colombo.
 
The Australian Prime Minister had praised the President on Sri Lanka’s post war progress.
 
A communique issued by the Presidential Spokesperson and International Media Unit notes that the the Australian Prime Minister had appraised the President on post war progress in Sri Lanka.
 
Abbott had also voiced his appreciation for Sri Lanka’s co-operation in preventing human trafficking.
 
The Sultan of Brunei, Haji Hasannal Bolkiah also met with President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Saturday.
 
The Prime Minister of Vanuatu, Moana Karkes had sought President Rajapaksa’s support to hold the 2017 Commonwealth heads of Government Meeting in Vanuatu, when the two leaders met on Saturday.
 
President Rajapaksa in response said that he is ready to help Vanuatu by way of sharing experience in organising the flagship event of the Commonwealth. The President briefed him of the progress the country has made since the end of the conflict four years ago. “I feel like home,” Kalosil said while describing Sri Lanka’s people as hospitable, friendly and smiling like his own people.Vanuatu has been twice rated as the world’s “happiest nation” .
 
President Kalosil said he was happy to see that Sri Lanka is on forward march after 21 years of misery. “We admire your leadership in guiding your country to prosperity. We assure you our full support,”, he said. A high-level delegation including Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Edward Natapei accompanied the Vanuatu President. The Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong also met and held discussions with President Rajapaksa  on Saturday.
 
The Prime Minister of Tonga, Atengo Tiwikano, the President of the Seychelles, James Michel, the Prime Minister of Swaziland Barnabas Sibusiso and the President of Rwanda Paul Kagame also met with President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Saturday.
 

Photos courtesy- www.chogm2013.lk

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