US Congressmen regret baseless allegations

A high level US Congressional delegation yesterday expressed its regret over Sri Lanka being subjected to various unsubstantiated allegations from different quarters, instead of being commended for eradicating one of the most ruthless terrorist outfits in the world.

They expressed these views at a meeting with President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees yesterday. The US Congressmen were accompanied by Sri Lankan ambassador to the US and Mexico Jaliya Wickremasuriya.

Leader of the delegation Albert Benjamin Chandler said that he visited Sri Lanka two years before and that the country has made tremendous progress in the field of development during the past two years.

He said that the delegation toured a number of places in the country, including the Northern region and that they saw the people of all communities coexisting happily. He said that the delegation is highly impressed with the present security situation.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa requested these Congressmen to convey the factual situation of the country to the world. The President gave them a brief account of the development drive being implemented in the country.

The delegation included Jack Heddens Kingston and Rep Joseph Heath Schuler. External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris, Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga and Sri Lanka’s ambassador to the US and Mexico Jaliya Wickremasuriya were also present.


Courtesy: Daily News