The book titled “An Enduring Friendship; Sri Lanka and Pakistan” was launched at a simple ceremony held at a local hotel in Colombo on the occasion of 70th independence anniversary of Pakistan. The event was hosted by the Pakistan High Commission in Colombo.
Speaker of Sri Lankan Parliament Karu Jayasooriya graced the occasion as the chief guest. Guests of honour included former Sri Lankan Presidents Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, Mahinda Rajapaksa, Minister for International Trade, Malik Samarawickrama, Minister for Commerce and Industry Rishad Bathiudeen, Minister for Primary Industries Daya Gamage, Minister of State for National Integration and Reconciliation A.H.M. Fowzie, Minister of State for Rehabilitation and Resettlement M.L.A.M. Hizbullah, Deputy Minister for Petroleum Resources Development Hon. Anoma Gamage, and Former Foreign Minister G.L. Peiris. Heads of diplomatic Missions, renowned scholars, intelligencia, representatives of universities, think tanks, and analysts, senior government officials, former Sri Lankan Ambassadors and a large number of people from difference walks of life attended the ceremony as distinguished guests.
Acting High Commissioner of Pakistan Dr. Sarfraz Ahmed Khan Sipra has said that Pakistan and Sri Lanka have been linked since ancient times, a link which is now 2,300 years old. In 1948, shortly after Independence of Sri Lanka, this link was revived and reborn when the founding father of Sri Lanka, Prime Minister D.S. Senanayake travelled to Pakistan to meet the founding father of Pakistan, Quaid i Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. He underscored that whenever Pakistan needed; Sri Lanka has always been there. Similarly whenever Sir Lanka needed Pakistan, Pakistan has always been there.