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Sri Lanka gains another likeminded ally

The Kazakh president Nursultan Nazarbayev has told visiting Mahinda Rajapakse that Kazakhstan would stand by Sri Lanka against all international pressure.

"We enjoy good relations of confidence and mutual understanding. I am confident this meeting will give a new impetus to cooperation between our states in various spheres- economy, politics, and culture," President Nazarbayev said.

Kazakhstan was recently elected to the UN Human Rights Council, although it is accused of human rights violations.

Human Rights Watch have criticised Kazakhstan’s “disappointing human rights record” on several occasions, especially its violent supression of protests and the jailing of the opposition leader. Familiar issues for Rajapakse...

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