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Visiting FM says Jaffna holds special significance to Singapore Wed, Jul 19, 2017, 10:22 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.
The provincial officials have shared insights with the Minister into the development of Jaffna and the ongoing reconciliation efforts since the end of the 26-year civil war in 2009, Dr. Balakrishnan said in his Facebook page.
He said the relationship has evolved from the early days of government administrators to present day institutions such as the Singapore Ceylon Tamils' Association. "Today, we are here to strengthen these enduring ties and give back to Jaffna", Dr. Balakrishnan said.
Dr Balakrishnan, who is on a four-day trip to the South Asian country that ends today, also took part in a handover ceremony for a donation of 500 books from the National Library Board to the Jaffna Public Library.
Singapore has previously assisted with Jaffna Library restoration projects, having announced a youth development program in 2014 created to help 3,000 youngsters in the district and donated 10,000 English books to the library.
He said he also visited the Jaffna Teaching Hospital and the University of Jaffna Medical Faculty to launch the Orthopaedic Development Programme spearheaded by SingHealth and the Lee Foundation.
"Sri Lanka and Singapore have had a longstanding strong friendship".
Mr Rajaratnam played a "pivotal role in Singapore's independence" said Dr Balakrishnan, adding that the visit to his home was an "inspiring moment" for all of the Singaporean officials present.
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"We hope to support Jaffna's development through the gift of education and knowledge", he stated.
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