Aussie PM praises SL

23 October 2013 11:47 am - 28     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has praised Sri Lanka for the support rendered in one of the major Australian national issues of human smuggling, which has drastically reduced illegal boat arrivals from Sri Lanka.

Abbott made this comment when Sri Lankan High Commissioner Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe paid a courtesy call on the Prime Minister to formally hand over the invitation for CHOGM from President Mahinda Rajapaksa to the Prime Minister of Australia, the High Commission said in a statement.

“Mr. Abbott recalled on this occasion with gratitude the Sri Lanka’s President’s noble and friendly gesture of telephoning him within two days of his election victory,” it said.

The Prime Minister also recalled the savage and 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.

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.

He took the opportunity to thank the Government of Sri Lanka for the support rendered in one of the major Australian national issues of human smuggling and that the government of Australia was grateful for the genuine and willing assistance which has drastically reduced illegal boat arrivals from Sri Lanka.
The High Commissioner in response conveyed Sri Lanka’s President greetings and Sri Lanka’s desire to welcome the Prime Minister and his delegation to Sri Lanka and thanked with gratitude the support rendered by Australia at various international fora, specifically the period leading to the CHOGM.
The High Commissioner 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.

The High Commissioner also had the opportunity of calling on Julie Bishop, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Australia on 11th October and discussed CHOGM, human smuggling and other bilateral issues in a very friendly and cordial atmosphere. Julie Bishop also indicated that she was eagerly looking forward to her forthcoming visit to Sri Lanka for the CHOGM and also possible visit to the North and the East to observe to herself once again the post conflict achievements of Sri Lanka.

  Comments - 28

  • ish Tuesday, 29 October 2013 12:21 PM

    mr raj... have u ever know that Ausatralia is a country consists of non native people who came to live their after finding gold and diamonds from there ...there are some native aborgines same as our waddha people... and a person in his right mind does not consider HR violations in Srilanka coz sriLanka is a separate country and no any other country cannot involve state supirmacy in another country as USA and UK doing..then what about the HR violation done and doing by USA in vietnam,iraq ,iran .pakisthan and afaganisthan .thousand of innocent civilians died and dying each day due to bombs and air raids..even prabakaran did violate our HR .what about the thousand of people who died and suffered by bombs and killings dispite of races.. and what about the child soldires recruited by tigers ..r they not humans. u cannot point the fingers only towards SL Government or SL army.

    Crazy Coot Thursday, 24 October 2013 01:04 AM

    Of course, we are buying their Milk at exorbitant prices!!

    malin Thursday, 24 October 2013 06:17 AM

    Thank HE Tisara Samarasinghe for going on the right track in Meeting PM Tony Abbott and FM Julie Bishop.

    RDS Thursday, 24 October 2013 01:40 AM

    Finally, a leader with common sense and not influenced by false propaganda.

    George Thursday, 24 October 2013 10:26 AM

    To improve economy......No way!!!!!!!! He wants tips on how to stay in power.

    Lucky Weeramantry Thursday, 24 October 2013 01:52 AM

    Tony You Are Welcome To Beautiful Lanka

    Nodrog Thursday, 24 October 2013 06:40 AM

    Keep your negative comments to yourself.

    Lucky Weeramantry Thursday, 24 October 2013 01:58 AM

    Thank You.!Australia Has Always Supported Sri Lanka In Sports And Politics.

    kumar Thursday, 24 October 2013 06:52 AM

    Australia's biggest problem is boat people and they need the help of Sri Lanka to reduce that. Therefore they think HR violation is less important.

    JaffnaMadman Thursday, 24 October 2013 03:31 PM

    So your logic is, Canada needed to be sent couple of boats to fall in line!!

    DMR Gunawardene Thursday, 24 October 2013 07:16 AM

    Why would anyone want to come to SL even on a holiday when there are rapes, kidnappings and dengue.

    Sampath Thursday, 24 October 2013 07:19 AM

    Aus is the best economy and most livable country in the world. What can he learn from SL President?

    Nodrog Friday, 25 October 2013 11:25 AM

    Countries like the US and Canada also have HR issues so they cannot be the best.

    ind Thursday, 24 October 2013 03:53 AM

    Are you talking about boat people ??

    Be Fair Thursday, 24 October 2013 04:42 PM

    will a "bush fire" also hit us when he attends the summit?
    Probably not, the British Guy you need to watch out

    Proud Srilankan Wednesday, 23 October 2013 05:15 PM

    Australian Prime Minister has to learn a lot from Sri lanka.

    Lucky Weeramantry Wednesday, 23 October 2013 05:18 PM

    Australia A True Friend Of Sri Lanka

    Sunil Bernard Thursday, 24 October 2013 05:07 PM

    When did they deport you ?

    Sunil Bernard Thursday, 24 October 2013 05:10 PM

    Do not worry. We can put you to jail.
    Then the visitors will be safe here.

    AJJA Thursday, 24 October 2013 04:22 AM

    Should play more Cricket with down under

    antonsunil Wednesday, 23 October 2013 05:42 PM

    Where are the commentators? when somebody says something good about Sri Lanka all the pundits has gone dumb

    Saskia Thursday, 24 October 2013 08:24 AM

    Since they have ignored the human rights, Aus cannot be the best country anymore.

    tomsamusa Wednesday, 23 October 2013 07:42 PM

    Crooks of same feather but differant color flock together-but not for too long!!!!

    Raj Thursday, 24 October 2013 06:50 PM

    He forget that , he is not a native person of australia and his ancestors were summggled to australia from uk , he is not even consider the human right violations in srilanka , he is not deserve for a Australian prime minister .

    len Wednesday, 23 October 2013 09:15 PM

    Did Abbot really gushed out all these hero worship comments about M.R. Abbot must be looking forward to get some needed advice how to improve Australian economy.

    Mother Lanka Wednesday, 23 October 2013 09:43 PM

    Thank you Tony Abbot!!

    len Saturday, 26 October 2013 11:05 AM

    My full comment was edited it was meant to be ironical.

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