Colombo: President Mahinda Rajapaksa has thanked Pakistan for protecting the Sri Lankan cricket players by its "timely action" during the terror attack in Lahore in March this year.
This was conveyed to visiting Pakistani Air Force Chief Rao Qamar Suleman by Rajapaksa during a meeting yesterday in the President`s House in Kandy, located 115 km
northeast of Colombo.
The Pakistan Air Force commander is on a seven-day official visit to Sri Lanka.
"The President (Rajapaksa) thanked Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman, for the timely action taken by the Pakistani Air Force when the Sri Lankan Cricket team was attacked in Lahore," the Defence Ministry said in statement.
Earlier, Suleman met his Sri Lankan counterpart Air Chief Marshal Roshan Gunatilake last evening. The meeting took place at the Air Force Headquarters here after a guard of honour was given to the Pakistani Air Chief.
Suleman also made a courtesy call to Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. The two held brief discussions on issues pertaining to security of both the countries, the ministry said.