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Last modified on: 11/23/2012 12:21:41 PM Sri Lanka widens diplomatic ties

Sri Lanka widens diplomatic ties

  • Establishment of diplomatic ties with Suriname and Burkina Faso

  •  New Consul in SA

The Government has taken steps to establish diplomatic relations with a number of countries including Suriname and Burkina Faso. The establishment of friendly relations with these countries will greatly improve the existing ties and enhance cooperation with friendly countries. Agreements in this regard were signed by the Sri Lanka government with the two countries that are mutually beneficial to all. A new honourary consul has also been appointed in Durban, South Africa.


Honourary Consul in South Africa

Mr. Harish Mehta has been appointed as Sri Lanka's first Honorary Consul in Durban by the Ministry of External Affairs. His new appointment will give him responsibilities covering the provinces KwaZulu - Natal and Eastern Cape. Sri Lanka High Commissioner in Pretoria Shehan Ratnavale presented the commission letter and exequatur on behalf of the Ministry to Mr. Mehta on November 08.

Mr. Mehta, a Chairman of a large conglomerate will assist the High Commission in Pretoria to establish links with the city and provinces under his purview.

Durban is situated 636km from the capital Pretoria, and is the 3rd largest city in South Africa and has the busiest container port. Some Sri Lankan companies are already engaged in business ventures in Durban.

The appointment of a new consul will help to further enhance the existing ties between the two countries and also open up new avenues of business and trade.


Diplomatic relations with Suriname established

Sri Lanka has established diplomatic ties with the Republic of Suriname with effect from November 16.

Suriname is a country in northern South America. It has as its neighbors French Guiana, Guyana and Brazil. It faces the Atlantic Ocean to the north. Suriname achieved independence from the Kingdom of the Netherlands on 25 November 1975. The coastal city Paramaribo is the capital of this South American nation.

An agreement into this effect was signed between Sri Lanka's Permanent epresentative to the UN Ambassador Dr. Palitha Kohona and Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Suriname to the United Nations Henry Leonard Mac-Donald recently.

Sri Lanka and Suriname Share many common goals at the United Nations. The establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries will assist to enhance the friendly relations and cooperation for mutual benefit.

The two Ambassadors agreed to facilitate high level visits between the two countries in the near future.


Diplomatic ties with Burkina Faso

A decision has been reached between Sri Lanka and Burkina Faso to establish diplomatic ties. A Joint Formal Announcement was made into this regard by the Ministry of External Affairs of Sri Lanka and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Cooperation of Burkina Faso on 16th November 2012.

An agreement in this regard was signed between Mr. Prasad Kariyawasam, High Commissioner for Sri Lanka to India and H.E. Idriss Raoua Ouedraogo, Ambassador for Burkina Faso to India on 15th November 2012 at New Delhi. According to the agreement diplomatic relations between the two nations will come into effect from effect from 15th November 2012.

Burkina Faso is a country in West Africa with its capital at Ouagadougou. The landlocked country is surrounded by six countries that includes Mali, Niger, Benin, Togo, Ghana, and C“te d'Ivoire. The African Union member state is has a population of about 17 million and is 274,200 square kilometers (105,900 sq mi) in size. The country was populated between 14,000 and 5000 BC by hunter-gatherers in the country's northwestern region. Farm settlements appeared between 3600 and 2600 BC. At present the country is a parliamentary republic.

The establishment of diplomatic ties between Sri Lanka and Burkina Faso would enhance the existing friendly relations and cooperation in the political, socio-economic and cultural fields for the mutual benefit of the two countries.


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