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Australian PM hails Lankan support

2013 Oct 24

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has thanked the Government of Sri Lanka for the support rendered in one of the major Australian national issues of human smuggling, the Sri Lankan High Commission in Australia said today.

The High Commission said that High Commissioner Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe met the Premier at the Parliamentary Office to formally hand over the invitation for the Commonwealth summit from President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

At that meeting Abbott recalled the brutal terrorism that Sri Lanka had to confront even to the extent of losing the country’s President and key leaders and emphasised the value of eradicating the most ruthless terrorist organisation out of Sri Lanka and ushering peace to the country and its people, the High Commission said.

Whilst appreciating the progress made within a short period of time, Australian Prime Minister said that he was very happy and enthusiastic to visit Sri Lanka for the CHOGM to see for himself the achievements and to interact and engage with Sri Lanka’s leadership and the other participating Commonwealth Leaders.

The High Commissioner meanwhile explained Sri Lanka’s progress made in successful Northern elections and achievements in the fields of security, economic development, poverty alleviation, health, education, infrastructure, connectivity, rehabilitation, reconciliation and accountability under difficult conditions which the Prime Minister termed as fundamental requirements of progress. High Commissioner also expressed that Sri Lanka would continue to cooperate with Australia in the field of human smuggling. (Colombo Gazette)

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