|Dmitriy Medvedev calls President, pledges Russian assistance for reconstruction|
|Wednesday, 27 May 2009|
Russia has pledged to continue to assist Sri Lanka for the restoration of peace and reconstruction in the country after the defeat of the LTTE, the Sri Lankan government said Tuesday.
The presidential office said in a statement that Russian President Dmitriy Medvedev told Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse on Tuesday in a telephone conversation that Russia considered Sri Lankan old friend and ally, and looked forward to continuing the warm relations between the two countries.
He assured that Russia will give all assistance to Sri Lanka for the restoration of peace, reconstruction, and for necessary and expeditious relief to the large number of internally displaced persons, according to the statement.
Rajapakse thanked the Russian president for the considerable assistance given to Sri Lanka, especially in the UN Security Council and other UN organizations at the last stage of civil war.
The Sri Lankan president also conveyed his thanks to Russian Prime Minister Vladmir Putin, who had also been very helpful to Sri Lanka in the battle against the rebels, during his term as the president, said the statement.
In the telephone conversation that was initiated by Medvedev, it was agreed that Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will visit Sri Lanka in October this year, the statement added.
|Last Updated ( Wednesday, 27 May 2009 )|
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