World Leaders congratulated Sri Lankan’s Victory
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A top U.S. Defense Department official congratulated the Sri Lankan Ambassador to the United States, Wednesday (May 20), on Sri Lanka's military victory over the separatist terrorist outfit LTTE.
Robert Scher, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defence for South and Southeast Asia, pledged American humanitarian and reconstruction support to the government of Sri Lanka during a phone conversation with Ambassador Jaliya Wickramasuriya.
Deputy Assistant Secretary Scher said the U.S. government was pleased that Sri Lanka had defeated the LTTE terrorists, and asked Ambassador Wickramasuriya to extend congratulations to the government and military of Sri Lanka.
Deputy Assistant Secretary Scher was appointed to his position following the inauguration of President Barack Obama.
The outgoing US Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Robert O. Blake paid a farewell call on the Secretary Defence Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Ministry, Wednesday (20 May 2009).
Ambassador Blake informed Secretary Defence, that he had arrived in Sri Lanka at a time when the security forces had commenced their operations against the LTTE following the closure of the Mavil Aru sluice gates in July 2006. He noted that he was completing his assignment in the country at a historic moment, when the LTTE has been militarily defeated.
He said that the US will continue to support Sri Lanka's humanitarian relief efforts for the large number of civilians who have been displaced by the conflict in the North. He hoped that these people would be provided with the best possible care in the IDP centres and welfare villages, until their resettlement in their original places of habitation.
Lord Malloch Brown, the Minister of State Foreign and Commonwealth office in UK said in the House of Lords that the British government congratulated President Rajapaksa for finishing off a brutal war instigated by Tamil Tigers - a terrorist group.
He said, "Indeed, in our initial contacts with the president, we congratulated him on finishing of a brutal 26-year war, which was instigated by the Tamil Tigers-a terrorist group" replying to Lord Naseby who raised the matter in the House of Lords. Agreeing with Lord Naseby, Lord Malloch Brown said, "the political solution to this must come from inside Sri Lanka from a process set up and led by President Rajapaksa.
Pakistan felicitates Sri Lanka on great victory over terrorism Pakistan has felicitated the Government of Sri Lanka on the achievement of the "great victory over terrorism".
This congratulatory message was conveyed to Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hussein A. Bhaila by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of Pakistan, Nawabzada Malik Amad Khan who telephoned the latter yesterday(20 May 2009).
Speaking further, the Pakistan State Minister stated that Pakistan has always been a steadfast friend of Sri Lanka and strongly supported the country's unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity and re-affirmed his Government's continued cooperation with Sri Lanka in countering terrorism. He requested the Deputy Minister to convey his good wishes and felicitations to President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Foreign Minister, Rohitha Bogollagama.
The Government of Russia has extended warmest congratulations to the President and the Government of Sri Lanka on the success achieved by the island nation in defeating LTTE terrorism, Foreign Ministry sources said.
According to the Foreign Ministry, "Russia supports the Sri Lankan government's fight against terrorism and separatism to ensure its sovereignty and territorial integrity," the foreign ministry said in a statement, adding it hoped the conflict's end would bring about "peace, stability and security" in Sri Lanka.
Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso has felicitated President Mahinda Rajapaksa for his leadership in unifying the entire country and liberating the areas which were under the control of the LTTE for the past 26 years. He conveyed these good wishes to President Rajapaksa when the latter telephoned the Japanese Prime Minister onTuesday to brief him on the successful completion of the humanitarian mission of the security forces to wipe out terrorism from the country the Foreign Ministry in Colombo said.
President Rajapaksa expressed his sincere appreciation for Japan’s continued support extended to Sri Lanka over the years in international fora as well as for the socio-economic development of the country.
Indian Foreign Secretary, Shiv Shankar Menon and National Security Advisor,M.K.Narayanan who flew to Colombo this morning had a breakfast meeting with President Mahinda Rajapaksa at President's House and pledge India's fullest support to reconstruct the war affected areas and offer a Rs.500 million relief package to assist the internally displaced persons.
The Foreign Minister of Iran, Manouchere Mottaki, has extended his warmest congratulations to the President and the Government of Sri Lanka on the success achieved by the island nation in defeating LTTE terrorism.
According to the Foreign Ministry, the Iranian Foreign Minister has spoken to his counterpart in Sri Lanka, Rohitha Bogollagama over the phone. Mottaki has said that Iran maintained close relations with Sri Lanka and has always condemned terrorism and consistently upheld the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Sri Lanka.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Thursday telephoned Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to appeal for political reconciliation in that country after the government’s defeat of Tamil Tiger rebels. <?XML:NAMESPACE PREFIX = ST1 />U.S.officials are urging the speedy resettlement of nearly 300,000 displaced Tamil civilians.
U.S. officials said future peace in Sri Lanka may depend on how the Colombo government handles the immediate aftermath of the war, and the Secretary called the Sri Lankan president to personally stress the need for post-conflict power sharing that includes minority Tamils.
State Department Spokesman Ian Kelly told reporters Clinton made the call to the Sri Lanka leader after a telephone talk Wednesday with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, who is due to begin a visit the South Asian island nation on Friday.
[q url=""]The Maldivian Government has felicitated the Government of Sri Lanka on the achievement of a historic victory over terrorism. This congratulatory message was conveyed to President Mahinda Rajapaksa by the President of the Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed in a telephone conversation.[/q]
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