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Sri Lanka Marks 66th Independence Day
Amb. Tissa Wijeratne Hosts Dinner Reception in Seoul
Sri Lankan Ambassador to South Korea Tissa Wijeratne (left) poses with his spouse Ms. Sumedha Wijeratne at the reception held at Millennium Hilton Hotel in Seoul on Feb. 6 (Thursday), 2014 on the occasion of the 66th Independence Day.

Sri Lankan Ambassador to South Korea Tissa Wijeratne and his spouse Ms. Sumedha Wijeratne hosted a reception at the Millennium Hilton Hotel in Seoul on Feb. 6 (Thursday), 2014 on the occasion of the 66th anniversary of its national day, Independence Day.

Sri Lanka's Independence Day has been celebrated on 4th of February every year since 1948. In that year Sri Lanka gained its independence from British rule.

A number of both international and local Korean guests including scores of top foreign envoys were invited to the dinner reception.

Sri Lankan Ambassador Tissa Wijeratne (left) making a toast with South Korea’s Vice Education Minister Na Seung-Il (2nd from left) and with other dignitaries at the reception held at Millennium Hilton Hotel in Seoul on Feb. 6 (Thursday), 2014 on the occasion of the 66th Independence Day.

Among them was South Korea’s Vice Education Minister Na Seung-Il. He delivered a congratulatory speech in front of the gathering.

Developing Ties between S. Korean and Sri Lanka

Since the two nations inked formal diplomatic relations in 1977, mutual friendly and cooperative ties have been developing steadily in various areas of politics, economy, and culture.

Sri Lanka opened the formal ties with North Korea in 1970, only a year later the North Korean Embassy in Sri Lanka was closed related to North Korea’s negative attitude towards the Sri Lankan government. The North Korean embassy was reopened in 1975.

Sri Lankan Ambassador Tissa Wijeratne (center) poses with dignitaries at the reception held at Millennium Hilton Hotel in Seoul on Feb. 6 (Thursday), 2014 on the occasion of the 66th Independence Day.

The mutual cooperation of the two nations stands out in the area of economy.

To South Korea the Southeast nation of Sri Lanka is the official development assistance (ODA)’s top priority country. In the early and mid-2000s South Korean was the biggest investor to Sri Lanka.

A free aid of between 100,000 and 280,000 US dollars are granted by South Korea to Sri Lanka annually starting from 1977.

Major export items of Sri Lanka to South Korea include rubber and coconut fibers. South Korea exports to Sri Lanka such items as synthetic fabrics, ships, machinery, steel products, and electronic goods.

For the last years over 230,000 Sri Lankans have worked in small- and medium-sized companies in South Korea, contributing tremendously to the South Korean economy. The number of Sri Lankan young men and women is expected to grow in the near future.

Currently hundreds of South Koreans are living in Sri Lanka.

The state visit to South Korea by Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa in 2012 was an occasion to upgrade the bilateral ties even higher.

Sri Lanka’s rapid process of the economic development in recent years, coupled with its outstanding human resources, is expected to boost the nation’s potential for advancement.. Sri Lanka recorded as high as 8 percent economic growth in the year 2010 and the following year.

Details or inquiries can be made by calling the Embassy of Sri Lanka at 735-2966/7.




 

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