Lanka thanks Pakistan for backing at UNHRC

“Sri Lanka today stands as a peaceful unitary State because of your support,” he told the new Pakistani High Commissioner Maj. Gen (Rtd.) Syed Shakeel Hussain who presented his credentials today (May 12) at the Presidential Secretariat. Sri Lanka today thanked Pakistan for the support extended at international forums in general and at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in particular.Pakistan together with China and Russia have consistently backed Sri Lanka at the UNHRC and voted against resolutions presented against the country. “Your Ambassador in Geneva fought for us as if he was fighting for his own country,” President Sirisena said.The Pakistani Ambassador requested Sri Lanka to provide archaeological expertise to Pakistan for the excavation and development of Buddhist sites such as Thakshila and the President readily acceded to the request. President Maithripala Sirisena said not only the government of Sri Lanka but the entire nation is grateful to Pakistan for the enormous assistance provided to Sri Lanka to defeat the terrorists. Ambassador Hussain said his government has a very high regard for President Sirisena and his steadfast policies and said he would work to further strengthen relations between the two countries and expand trade and economic ties. (Colombo Gazette)

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