Lankapage Logo Recent Top Stories
CP 14 YEARS
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to LankaPage.com

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* Top Pakistani defense official commends Sri Lanka for ending war
Tue, Apr 8, 2014, 04:54 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 08, Colombo: A top Pakistani defense official visiting Sri Lanka said ending the near three-decade-long war from which Sri Lanka suffered immensely is a "great achievement of the nation."

The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) of Pakistan General Rashad Mahmood made this comments when he called on Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees this afternoon.

The CJCSC is visiting Sri Lanka at the invitation of his counterpart General Jagath Jayasuriya from 7-11 April 2014.

Speaking further about Pakistan's similar experiences, General Mahmood said, "No other country understands better the sacrifices your country has made. Your success has a greater impact in the wider region. It's a very big story that the rest of the world can learn from."

The CJCSC commended President Rajapaksa on the post-war developments in the North. "Your achievements have been very substantive on that," he said adding that one should look to the future.

During the meeting, General Mahmood conveyed best wishes and warm regards from the President and Prime Minister of Pakistan, to President Rajapaksa, as well as to Government and people of Sri Lanka.

The High Commissioner of Pakistan in Sri Lanka Maj. Gen. (R) Qasim Qureshi, who accompanied Gen. Mahmoud, also commented on the development he saw in the Northern Province when he visited the region immediately before the provincial elections in September of last year.

"I was very impressed by all the things that are happening there," Maj. Gen. Qureshi said.

Gen. Mahmood, while conveying to President Rajapaksa the best wishes of the Pakistani President and Prime Minister, said the two countries and the armed forces share a very strong relationship, adding that he hopes the relationship can further strengthen into other areas of cooperation as well.

He also didn't fail to extend to Sri Lanka his "profound congrats on winning the T20 Cricket World Cup" a few days ago.

Gen. Mahmood also reiterated Pakistan's continuous and unflinching support to Sri Lanka at all forums.

Chief of Defense Staff Gen. Jagath Jayasuriya was also in attendance at the meeting with the President.

The Pakistani defense official also called on Sri Lankan Minister for External Affairs, Prof. G.L. Peiris.

The Minister also greatly appreciated Pakistanís support during the UNHRC session and briefed the General on various developments related to the UNHRC process in Geneva. Other issues of mutual interest also came under discussion. It was agreed that the economic relationship between the two countries need to be further expanded and strengthened.

Earlier in the day, the CJCSC reviewed ongoing defence collaboration, besides identifying new areas to further deeper and broaden the already strong defence relationship with his counterpart Gen. Jagath Jayasuriya.

General Rashad also visited the National War Memorial and laid a wreath to honor all those who sacrificed their lives during the long struggle against terrorism.

(Photos by Nalin Hewapathirana)

ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories
Sri Lankan doctor sentenced to death for rape and murder of a garment factory worker
-- [24 minutes ago]
Sajith Premadasa to participate in campaigning for Uva PC election from September 07
-- [49 minutes ago]
Employees of Sri Lanka's International Airport threaten to strike
-- [1 hour and 22 minutes ago]
Tamil Nadu CM urges Indian PM to find a mechanism to get Katchatheevu back from Sri Lanka
-- [1 hour and 43 minutes ago]
Sri Lanka slides down the ranks of Global Competitiveness this year
-- [3 hours ago]
Sri Lanka Freedom Party can consolidate freedom to the whole nation - President
Nigerian military delegation in Sri Lanka to learn about welfare systems in Tri Services
IFIMES presents a high award to Sri Lanka Foreign Minister
Secretary of Sri Lanka Ministry of Justice summoned before Human Rights Commission
Sri Lanka to introduce a certified price for rubber

Copyright © 2000, 2014 by LankaPage.com (LLC) :
The news and other contents on ColomboPage are copyrighted property of LankaPage.com, LLC. Any unauthorized use of any information on ColomboPage may constitute a violation of copyright laws. You need written permission to reproduce, republish, post, transmit, broadcast or distribute, material from this site from LankaPage.com, LLC. However, news organizations or broadcasters in Sri Lanka may republish the news items in ColomboPage with proper acknowledgment to ColomboPage.