The inauguration ceremony of the CHOGM 2013 was spectacular and subsequent proceedings went well, said Lee Hsien Loong, said Prime Minister of Singpore when he called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Water’s Edge this afternoon (Nov. 16).He is in Colombo to attend the current Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.
“Your speech at the inauguration was rich with new ideas”, he told the Sri Lankan President.
President Rajapaksa briefing the visiting Prime Minister on the country’s present situation said, “We suffered for nearly 30 years from terrorism. There were killings and destruction almost everyday in some part of the country during that dark period. Now peace has returned and Sri Lanka is on the path to development.”
The President said that since the end of the conflict a great deal of progress has been made in areas of resettlement, rehabilitation, reconstruction and reconciliation. Although the people are happy with what has been done, politicians with their own agendas do not, the President observed. A Parliamentary Special Committee has been established to reach consensus on political issues, he added.
Singapore Prime Minister Loong agreed that complex issues remaine for long after a prolonged war ended and more time is needed to heal wounds. “We are observers and dont take sides ”, said Prime Minister Loong.
A high level delegation accompanied the Singapore Prime Minister.
Prof. G. L. Peiris, Minister of External Affairs, Sajin de Vaas Gunwardena, Monitoring MP to the Ministry of External Affairs, Lalith Weeratunga, Secretary to the President, , Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, Secretary to the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development, Karunatilleke Amunugama, Secretary to the Ministry of External Affairs, and Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe, Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner in Asutralia were also present.