The Governor-General of Tuvalu Iakoba Italeli called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa this morning on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2013.
“I am grateful to come to Sri Lanka and see for ourselves.” Gov-Gen Italeli said. While extending wishes for a successful CHOGM summit, the Governor–General said, “Thank you very much for the courage for hosting this important event.”
He further said that he is pleased to see Sri Lanka’s preparation and people’s enthusiasm for the Summit that he witnessed while traveling from the airport at Katunayake to Colombo.
President Rajapaksa apprised the Tuvalu Gov-Gen of the three-decade long terrorist war Sri Lanka had to face. We are in the process of rebuilding everything destroyed by the terrorists, he added.
The President elaborated on the ongoing resettlement, rehabilitation and demining processes, and the recently concluded Provincial Council elections in the North. He also said while the economic growth rate in the rest of the Sri Lanka is about seven to eight percent, the North recorded a growth rate of more than 20 percent since the end of the war. The Tuvalu Gov-Gen expressed interest in furthering bilateral relations with Sri Lanka.