World leaders congratulated Sri Lanka as it celebrated 66 years since achieving independence yesterday.
Prime Minister of Pakistan Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has felicitated President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne on the occasion of Sri Lanka's Independence Day being celebrated on February 4.
"It is with immense pleasure that I convey to your excellencies my sincere felicitations on the auspicious National Day of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka." Prime Minister Sharif has said in his message of greetings.
The Pakistani PM has expressed confidence that the close and friendly relations existing between the two countries would continue to grow in the coming days, as both the countries were jointly striving to strengthen economic and commercial ties, the official APP news agency reported.
The Prime Minister also has expressed his desire to further strengthen the ongoing cooperation to promote peace and stability in the region and beyond.
"I also take this opportunity to pray for your excellencies' personal health and wellbeing and progress and prosperity of your country," he has added.
Bahrain's Prime Minister, Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, has sent a cable of congratulation to President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Sri Lanka's Independence Day, the official Bahrain News Agency said.
The Bahraini Premier has wished the Sri Lankan President abundant health and happiness and the people of Sri Lanka further progress and prosperity.
The Premier has also sent a similar congratulatory cable to Prime Minister D. M. Jayaratne on the same occasion.
The President of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan also sent a congratulatory cable to President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, dispatched a similar cable.
The Kuwait National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim sent a cable to Sri Lankan parliament speaker Chamal Rajapaksa, congratulating him to mark independence day.
His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan sent a cable to President Mahinda Rajapaksa congratulating on Sri Lanka’s national day.
King Abdullah II wished President Rajapaksa continued good health and the people of Sri Lanka further progress and prosperity.
The President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko sent greetings to President Rajapaksa.
Alexander Lukashenko expressed confidence that Belarus and Sri Lanka will continue developing productive multipronged cooperation based on mutual respect.
The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani sent a cable of congratulations to the President of Sri Lanka on the occasion of the anniversary of his country’s Independence Day.
The Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani also sent a cable of congratulations to President on the occasion of the anniversary of his country’s Independence Day.