Updated April 25, 2019​ 

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Sri Lankan ambassador to Ankara: There is no good terrorism, Turkey will soon defeat terrorism

Similar to Turkey, Sri Lanka suffered from terrorism for decades, and after successfully eradicating terrorism, the country has built a new  Sri Lanka. Ambassador to Ankara Pakeer Mohideen Amza discussed with Daily Sabah what Turkey could learn from Sri Lanka's fight against terrorism. Amza said that the three pillars on which the new Sri Lanka is being built are democracy, development and reconciliation.

Underlining that there is no good terrorism, Ambassador Amza expressed his confidence that Turkey will soon eliminate terrorism from its soil. Reiterating Sri Lanka's solidarity with the government of Turkey after the Gülenist coup attempt on July 15, Ambassador Amza added that Sri Lankan-Turkish relations will flourish simultaneously with cooperation in sectors such as construction and trade

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U.S. Continuing to support Sri Lankan Government says Biswal

Foreigm Minister Mangala Samaraweera flanked by Nisha Biswal & Tom Malinowski

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal speaking in Colombo on July 12 said relations between the two nations are at an all-time high and promised the United States will continue to foster economic develoment and encourage foreign investment in Sri Lanka.

"The United States and Sri Lanka share common goals as fellow democracies, which are both working to promote and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms.  We are partners, and today our relations are at an all-time high. The United States will continue to partner with the government to foster economic development and encourage foreign investment, to work to advance opportunities for all Sri Lankans," she said.

Ms. Biswal who was accompanied by the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labour Tom Malinowski  met with Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera.

"We continue to support the Government of Sri Lanka as it takes meaningful and concrete steps in response to concerns of its people related to democratic governance and advancing respect for human rights, for reconciliation, for justice and accountability.  We can envision a future which brings benefits to both countries, and to peace and prosperity and security across the Indian Ocean as Sri Lanka assumes a greater role as a key partner in this region.  As Sri Lanka assumes its great potential as a hub and a gateway to connect to a rising economic societies of South and Southeast Asia," Biswal said.

The two Assistant Secretaries were scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, followed by meetings with  the Leader of Opposition, senior parliamentarians, several cabinet ministers, and the commanders of the three forces. They will also travel to Trincomalee July 14 where there will meet the Governor and Chief Minister of the Eastern Province; and of course visit the historic Konneswaram Temple; and several other project sites. (Source: Sri Lanka Embassy, Washington DC)