Leaders of many countries congratulated President Mahinda Rajapaksa on taking tremendous strides towards development in the aftermath of the 30-year conflict which claimed the lives of thousands of people belonging to all communities.
In congratulatory messages to the Lankan President and Prime Minister on the occasion of Sri Lanka’s 64th Independence Day, they lauded the dynamic and charismatic leadership of President Mahinda Rajapaksa who saved the country from the scourge of terrorism.
These leaders said ruthless terrorism deprived the Lankan people of many things and slowed the development march.
They say that the relations with Sri Lanka have increased in all forms under President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government.
Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh in his congratulatory message said that Sri Lanka and India share a centuries old friendship and a common heritage. "Our close bilateral relations are characterized by the spirit of mutual understanding and constructive cooperation", he said.
China said that Sri Lanka has achieved massive development in the fields of economy, social stability and the uplift of living standards of the people.
Chinese President Hu Jintao in a message to Presiden Rajapaksa said that China hoped that Sri Lanka will accomplish greater achievements in the path of nation building.
"We support each other on the issues of major respective concerns," the Chinese President's message said.
Meanwhile, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao in a message to Prime Minister D. M. Jayaratne said that Sino - Lanka relations have developed smoothly and healthily.
Queen Elizabeth II wished happiness and prosperity to the people and the government of Sri Lanka on the occasion of its 64th National Day.
"It gives me great pleasure to send Your Excellency my congratulations on the celebrations of your National Day together with my best wishes for the happiness and prosperity of the government and the people of Sri Lanka in the coming year."
President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar Thein Sen said that Sri Lanka and Myanmar have enjoyed strong bonds of friendship and cooperation through shared history and culture and he is confident that the ties between the two nations will further enhance in the years to come.
The Government of Pakistan said that the cooperation between Sri Lanka and Pakistan has witnessed a significant progress and diversification.
The Pakistan government in a message under the hand of Pakistani Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani said that the two countries are enjoying close cooperation in almost all fields.
"Pakistan and Sri Lanka have enjoyed close, cordial and cooperative relations in all fields since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries", he added. King of the Kingdom of Bharain Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa in a message congratulated President and the people of Sri Lanka on the occasion of country's 64th independence day.
The governments of Singapore, Cambodia, Republic of Austria, Czech Republic, Malaysia and Thailand have also sent congratulatory messages to Sri Lanka on the occasion of its 64th Independence Day celebrations.