Former President of Sri Lanka, Chandrika Kumaratunga has said that President Nelson Mandela treated her like a daughter in an article in the Daily Mirror in Sri Lanka:
Former South African President Nelson Mandela embraced me like a daughter each time we met, and asked me how my mother was doing, says former Sri Lanka President Chandrika Kumaratunga.
Mandela and Kumratunga would often sit beside each other at multi-lateral conferences since their countries were alphabetically connected.
But even further, Kumaratunga said Mandela had a great deal of respect for her mother Srimavo Bandaranike, the world’s first female premier.
Even though Mandela had never met Ms. Bandaranike, he never forgot the letters of support she sent him during his nearly three decades of incarceration.
Kumaratunga says ‘The Elders’ – a group of leaders brought together by Nelson Mandela in 2007 to address major causes of human suffering approached her confidentially three to four years ago, during the end of the war to address reconciliation in Sri Lanka and minority rights