June 17, St. Petersburg: Russia has assured Sri Lanka that it will stand by Sri Lanka in all its efforts to rebuild the country emerging from the three-decade long battle against Tamil Tiger terrorism.
Russia’s assurance was given when the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa met with his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev today at Lenexpo Hall in Vasilevsky Island, St. Petersburg on the sidelines of the 15th St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF).
A delegation led by President Rajapaksa is in Russia to represent Sri Lanka as an observer at the SPIEF.
Russian President Medvedev has said that both Russia and Sri Lanka have equally suffered from terrorism and aware of the pain and destruction caused by it.
The Sri Lankan government said the two leaders have discussed ways and means of improving trade and investment between the two countries.
Sri Lankan President has invited Russian investors to take advantage of the opportunity for investments the country presents in the region.
President Rajapaksa has appreciated Russia’s continuing assistance for sustainable peace in Sri Lanka and unstinted cooperation to develop the country.
President Medvedev has said that he looks forward to visit Sri Lanka with his Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov who is very fluent in Sinhala.
Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov, Minister of External Affairs Prof. G. L. Peiris, Senior Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama, Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga, and Sri Lankan Ambassador to Russia Udayanga Weeratunga were also present during the discussion, the government said.