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President fetes Cameron, stresses Lanka, UK ties

May 13, 2010 8:00:00 PM - aussieindolanka.com
President Mahinda Rajapaksa in a message to the new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland David Cameron, said he looks forward to working closely with Cameron to further strengthen relations and friendship between the two countries. President Rajapaksa in his message said: "It gives me great pleasure to convey to you on behalf of the people and the Government of Sri Lanka, and on my own behalf, best wishes and sincere felicitations on your assumption of duties as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. I am confident that the new Government which has been formed with the support of the Deputy Prime Minister will, through your dynamic leadership, provide strong and stable direction to the United Kingdom. Sri Lanka and the United Kingdom enjoy deep and long-standing historical ties. Today Sri Lanka has entered a post-conflict phase of optimism that devotes priority to economic and social progress, reconstruction and reconciliation. These priorities have been decisively endorsed through the strong mandate granted to my Government at the recently concluded Presidential and Parliamentary elections. It is in this context that I look forward to working closely with you to further strengthen the relations and friendship between our two countries."   www.dailynews.lk/2010/05/14/news03.asp