There is a peace and tranquility one feels and a marked difference in Sri Lanka since the end of the war, said Pakistani Foreign Secretary , Jilal Abbas Jilani when he met President Mahinda Rajapaksa today (4) at the Presidential Secretariat.
“Difference is not only with the end of the war but with development activities as well”, he said.
He further said , “ We deeply appreciate and admire the manner in which your government has been able to take care of terrorism.
President Rajapaksa thanked Pakistan for its continuous support both during and after the war, stating that Pakistan played a crucial role in assisting Sri Lanka during decisive points.
While conveying “ greetings and very best wishes” from Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, Jilani said, “We in Pakistan greatly appreciate our friendship.”
The President and the Secretary also talked about the upcoming general election in Pakistan and the need to increase women’s participation in politics.
Mr. Jilani thanked President Rajapaksa for Sri Lanka’s support to Pakistan including during the dengue epidemic that Pakistan faced in 2011. Following a request by the Pakistani government, Sri Lanka sent a dengue eradication team that assisted with a needs assessment and training of Pakistani medical personnel.