Dedicated to achieve reconciliation - President tells Portuguese Premier-Video
President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Portugal Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho met for discussions at Temple Trees this afternoon.
During the discussion with the President, Prime Minister Coelho said Portugal was interested in further improving relations with Sri Lanka, stating that it wanted “deeper relations” not only in the economic sector but also in the cultural and political areas as well.
He further stated that his visit to the country was a very good opportunity not only to discuss matters pertaining to bilateral relations between Portugal and Sri Lanka but also others of international significance.
The President also said he was happy to see foreign leaders visiting Sri Lanka so that they can see for themselves the ground reality, pointing out that many leaders who came for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting last year were quite surprised to learn that what is reported in the media is far from the true reality in Sri Lanka.
Upon learning that Sri Lanka is currently seeing a GDP growth of 7.3 percent while the North has seen growth during the past few years in the range of 20 to 24 percent, Prime Minister Coelho said those were “very impressive results.”
President Rajapaksa said while describing Sri Lanka’s commitment to the reconciliation process it will take time to heal the wounds of war.