expresses gratitude on India’s National Day
26, 2005 - 8.30 GMT]
a message to her counterpart Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam on India’s Republic
Day President Chandrika Kumaratunga thanked India for its immediate and
generous response during last month’s catastrophe. India was the first to
come to Sri Lanka’s assistance.
President in her message to President Kalam said, “The warm and friendly
relations between our two countries are evident in the timely and
magnanimous assistance India continues to extend to Sri Lanka in the
aftermath of tsunami, even though your country too had been seriously
affected by its impact."
The full text of the message:
His Excellency Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
President of the Republic of India
On behalf of the Government and people of Sri Lanka and on my own behalf, I
have great pleasure in extending our warm and sincere congratulations to
Your Excellency on the happy occasion of the anniversary of the Republic Day
Our two countries have excellent relations extending over many centuries
rooted in a shared culture and history that dates to time immemorial. We
have witnessed great strides in the bilateral relations between our two
countries, as we continue to forge stronger ties and closer cooperation in
the economic and social sphere. The warm and friendly relations between our
two countries are evident in the timely and magnanimous assistance India
continues to extent to Sri Lanka in the aftermath of tsunami, even though
your country too had been seriously affected by its impact. We are immensely
grateful for this expression of solidarity and friendship.
I am confident that the close bonds of cooperation and friendship will
continue to flourish in the years ahead, for the mutual benefit of our two
I avail of this opportunity to convey Your Excellency, my warmest good
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Date: January 26, 2005 - 8.30 GMT