President Maithripala Sirisena said he was saddened over the death of former US President George H.W. Bush.
In a letter to US President Donald J. Trump, President Sirisena said that it was with profound sadness that he learnt of the passing of the George H.W. Bush, the forty-first President of the United States of America.
“A distinguished American in many fields and a devoted public servant for long years, President George H.W. Bush is most remembered by the people in my country for the visit that he undertook to Sri Lanka, along with President Clinton, following the unprecedented devastation faced by us as a result of the December 2004 Tsunami,” he said.
He said that during the visit to Sri Lanka, George H.W. Bush spent much time with child survivors and listened to their experiences, addressing the emotional impact on the youngest survivors of the disaster. His empathy and kindness are entrenched in people’s minds.
Meanwhile, in a letter to George W. Bush, son of George H.W. Bush, the President said that George H.W. Bush will be remembered by the American people as well as people all over the world, for his life of devoted public service, not only as President and Vice President of the United States of America, but as a decorated Naval aviator, Ambassador to the United Nations, US Envoy to China, a prudent leader, and a person who exuded kindness and respect to all those whose lives he touched. (Colombo Gazette)