President expresses gratitude on India’s National Day
[January 26, 2005 - 8.30 GMT]

In 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

Excellency,

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 of India.

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 countries.

I avail of this opportunity to convey Your Excellency, my warmest good wishes.

Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga

 

 

 

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Last Updated Date: January 26, 2005 - 8.30 GMT

 


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