President, PM wish Cuba successful meeting, recall 50th anniversary of Che's visit
Colombo, Jun 14 (Prensa Latina) Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa
greeted and wished success to the 4th Asia-Pacific Solidarity Meeting
with Cuba that began in this capital with the participation of delegations
from 20 countries.
The leader sent a message in which he highlighted that friendship with
Cuba is deeply rooted in the Sri Lankan people regardless ethnic, religious
and political differences. Rajapaksa recalled that Sri Lanka was one
of the first countries that recognized the Revolutionary government
and from that moment on bilateral ties have been strengthened.
He also said that Sri Lanka has always voted against the US economic
blockade at the UN and has insisted that all disputes must be negotiated
on the base of respect to the sovereignty.
In his message the President stressed that the Sri Lankan people will
never forget the humanitarian and medical assistance Cuba has offered
during the devastating tsunami in 2004.
In addition, Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayaka, who also sent
a greeting to the event, highlighted that the meeting was also held
before the 50th anniversary of a Che Guevara visit to Sri Lanka and
establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
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