Meetings scheduled with Narendra Modi and Ban Ki-moon:
Australian PM hails President for LLRC’s progress
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott commended President Mahinda
Rajapaksa for implementing the LLRC recommendations, when the two
leaders met on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in
New York on Friday, President’s International Media Unit Spokesperson
Anuradha Herath said. He said, the fact that the LLRC is going so well
is a credit to you.” Australia had been supportive of Sri Lanka’s
domestic efforts of reconciliation and the LLRC process.
It declined to co-sponsor the US led resolution which appointed,
unilaterally an international panel of inquiry to probe the final stages
of Sri Lanka’s war against LTTE terrorism. Australian Foreign Minister
Julie Bishop was earlier quoted in the media saying that the resolution
did not recognise the significant progress by the Sri Lankan Government
and also the investigation, without the cooperation of the Sri Lankan
government, cannot be termed as the best way forward.
Meeting the Australian PM was one of the high profile events
President Rajapaksa had in New York during his current tour.
He was due to meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday
evening (local time) and call on UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
Earlier, he met Nepali PM Sushil Koirala, Colombian President Juan
Manuel Santos Calderón, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Kenyan
President Uhuru Kenyatta and Commonwealth Secretary General Kamalesh
Australian PM Abbott, during his meeting with President Rajapaksa
described Sri Lanka maintaining a 7.8 GDP growth with the potential to
increase it further before the end of the year, as a “remarkable
The two leaders also discussed bi-lateral cooperation where the
Australian leader thanked President Rajapaksa for Sri Lanka’s assistance
in dealing with his country’s people smuggling issues.
He said,” I am so grateful for the help that Sri Lanka has given.”
The two leaders met at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in
Colombo in November last year.
External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris, Irrigation and Water
Resources Management Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva, MP J.R.P.
Suriyapperuma, Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga and the
Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations Dr. Palitha
Kohona were present at the meeting.