Colombo: The United States on Tuesday
underlined the need to deepen relationship with Sri Lanka as
it praised Colombo for successfully meeting the challenge of
"terrorism" in the country.
Samantha Power, Special Assistant to US President
Barack Obama and Senior Director for Multi-lateral Affairs and
Human Rights and David Pressman, Director for War Crimes,
Atrocities and Civilian Protection, met President Mahinda
Expressing abhorrence of terrorism, the visitors said
President Obama had admiration for the victory that President
Rajapaksa had gained over "terrorism" of the LTTE last May.
The US too had been through the experience of
combating terrorism and considered the terrorism of the LTTE
as abhorrent, the top American officials said.
They referred to the long-standing partnership between
Lanka and the USA and emphasised the need to strengthen it
further with fresh initiatives at the official level.
President Rajapaksa reciprocated the good wishes of
the American officials and said that Sri Lanka looked forward
to continued good relations with the US, an official release
"There were cordial discussions covering matters of
mutual interest at the courtesy call on the President by the
representatives of the National Security Council," the release
issued by the Presidential secretariat said.