President Mahinda Rajapaksa says Pakistan played a crucial role in assisting Sri Lanka during decisive points.
He said this during a meeting with the Secretary of the Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs Jilal Abbas Jilani today.
During a courtesy call on the President at the Presidential Secretariat Jilani said that there is a marked difference in Sri Lanka from when he last visited during the war in 2005.
“There is a peace and tranquility one feels,” Jilani said, adding that the difference is not only with the end of the war but with development activities as well.
He further said that Pakistan deeply appreciates and admires the manner in which the government has been able to take care of terrorism.
President Rajapaksa thanked Pakistan for its continuous support both during and after the war, stating that Pakistan played a crucial role in assisting Sri Lanka during decisive points.
While conveying “greetings and very best wishes” from Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, Jilani said, “We in Pakistan greatly appreciate our friendship.”
The President and the Secretary also talked about the upcoming general election in Pakistan and the need to increase women’s participation in politics.
Jilani thanked President Rajapaksa for Sri Lanka’s support to Pakistan including during the dengue epidemic that Pakistan faced in 2011.
Following a request by the Pakistani government, Sri Lanka sent a dengue eradication team that assisted with a needs assessment and training of Pakistani medical personnel.
The Director General (South Asia) at the Pakistani Foreign Affairs Ministry Ms. Riffat Masood, the High Commission of Pakistan in Sri Lanka Maj. Gen. (Rtd) Qasim Qureshi and the Deputy Head of Mission in Sri Lanka Ms. Amna Baloch attended the discussion while the Minister of External Affairs Prof. G.L. Peiris, Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga and the Secretary to the Ministry of External Affairs Karunatilake Amunugama also joined the meeting.