AMBASSADOR JALIYA WICKRAMASURIYA PRESENTS
CREDENTIALS TO PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH
President Bush says the United States
values its friendship with Sri Lanka; Ambassador Wickramasuriya
President Rajapaksa’s appreciation of US support to Sri
President George W. Bush meets with Ambassador Jaliya Wickramasuriya
in the Oval Office at the White House
Ambassador Jaliya Wickramasuriya presented his
Credentials to U.S. President George W. Bush, at the Oval Office
of the White House, on July 28, 2008.
During the ceremony, President George W. Bush
warmly welcomed Ambassador Wickramasuriya to Washington D.C. and
said that he looked forward to deepening the relationship between
the two countries. He added that the United States values its
friendship with Sri Lanka, noting that the two countries established
a trade relationship as early as the 18th Century, and since then,
time has seen the expansion of ties between the two countries,
in tourism, education, investment, and common interests.
Ambassador Wickramasuriya responded with equal
warmth and conveyed President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s appreciation
of U.S. support to Sri Lanka in its continuing struggle to combat
terrorism, especially the pro-active measures taken by the U.S.
toward this end. For three decades, Sri Lanka has suffered the
social, psychological, physical and economic consequences of terrorism,
which has taken the lives of countless innocent civilians, who
have become victims of war.
The Ambassador commented that the United States
and Sri Lanka have shared diplomatic relations spanning over a
period of more than 60 years. The two countries have pledged a
comprehensive alliance, sharing common values of democracy, rule
of law, human rights, human dignity and free trade.
President Bush said that the United States looked
forward to working with Sri Lanka to advance a common agenda and
to deepen the strong and abiding friendship between the two countries.
President Bush engaged in friendly conversation
with the family of the Ambassador, enhancing the easy informality
that followed the formal ceremony.
Embassy of Sri Lanka
29 July 2008