Sept 14, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has said that Sri Lanka would not have eliminated the scourge of terrorism without the help and support of Pakistan.
The President has told the Pakistani Parliamentary delegation led by Dr. Nafisa Shah, Member of the National Assembly of Pakistan and Chairperson of National Commission for Human Development when she paid a courtesy call on the President at Temple Trees in Colombo yesterday.
The President has said that Pakistan has proved to be a true friend of Sri Lanka and the Sri Lankan Government as well as public has deep affection for Pakistan.
The Sri Lankan President has noted that Pakistan extended unflinching support to Sri Lanka during the 3 decade internal conflict and immensely helped in the elimination of the menace of terrorism from the Sri Lankan soil.
Dr Nafisa Shah has conveyed appreciation of the Pakistani Government, Parliament and people to the President for the hospitality extended by people and the Government of Sri Lanka towards the Pakistani delegation.
She also commended the arrangements made by the Sri Lankan Government for organizing the 58th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in an impressive manner.
She said that Pakistan and Sri Lanka are historically bonded in a relationship of trust, mutual respect and deep friendship which is manifested at all the phases of their histories.
The two sides agreed to further strengthen the bilateral relations between the two friendly countries and stressed upon the need to work closely in the regional and global context.
Other members of the delegation included the Speaker of Pakistanís Punjab Assembly Rana Muhammad Iqbal Khan and Senator Muzaffar Hussain Shah. The High Commissioner of Pakistan in Sri Lanka Seema Ilahi Baloch also accompanied the Pakistani delegation.