Sri Lanka, under leadership of President Sirisena is an example for
ethnic and religious harmony - Ex PM of Turkey
Former Prime Minister of Turkey, Ahmet Davutoglu
hailed the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena for establishing
religious and ethnic harmony, thus setting up an example for other
countries. "Malaysia and Sri Lanka are the success stories in Asia,
where most countries are grappling with terrorism and militancy due to
ethnic and religious tensions," he said when he called on President
Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat today (August 9).
Mr. Davutoglu said yesterday he had witnessed the
magnificent Dalada Perehera in Kandy and this morning a colourful Hindu
Vel festival in Pettah in Colombo and added that he was highly delighted
to see such ethnic harmony in Sri Lanka. He also congratulated President
Sirisena for strengthening democracy in the country and for the 'most
successful foreign policy'.
The President thanked Turkey for the support given to
Sri Lanka at the international forums. He stressed the importance of
further strengthening bilateral cooperation in the fields of investment,
trade, commerce, agriculture, tourism and aviation.
Former Turkish Premier, who was accompanied by the
Cabinet Chief Yunus Sonmez and Senior Advisor Mehmet Aytein, said that
Turkey being the sixth largest tourist destination of the world could
cooperate with Sri Lanka as this country has immense potential in
Mr. Davutoglu said Sri Lanka could easily become an
air hub for the region and establish direct links with Turkey, a major
air hub in the gateway to Europe and Asia. He pointed out both countries
are situated in important sea lanes in the world and could derive
maximum advantage of the location.
President Sirisena thanked the former Turkish Premier
for visiting Sri Lanka to deliver the M. A. Bakeer Marker Memorial
Lecture. "The late Speaker Bakeer Markar was a highly respected, great
statesman," he said.
Mr. Imthiaz Bakeer Markar, Turkish Ambassador Tunca
Ozuhadar and Mr. Azam Bakeer Markar were also present during this