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Republic of Korea attaches the greatest importance to its ties with Sri Lanka- Special Envoy from Seoul


The Republic of Korea greatly values its close ties with Sri Lanka, and will work with the utmost enthusiasm to further strengthen its contribution to Sri Lanka’s economic development in such fields as investment, trade and tourism, a high dignitary from Korea assured the Government of Sri Lanka.

A review of the bilateral relationship, and its further consolidation in the future, took place when the Special Envoy of the South Korean President (former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Republic of Korea), Mr. Yu Myang-hwan called on Professor G.L. Peiris, Minister of External Affairs, yesterday at the Ministry office.

The Korean dignitary, noting that 116 Korean companies are currently operating in Sri Lanka, said that there is every prospect of increased Korean investment in Sri Lanka.  He said that the establishment of direct air links between Seoul and Colombo last year is already acting as a catalyst in enhancing both tourism and business between the two countries.  He added that, under the “Country Partnership Strategy” that has been introduced by the Government of Korea, Sri Lanka has been identified to utilize Korean assistance in the priority areas of economic and social infrastructure, as well as technical and secondary education.

Sri Lanka is one of the largest beneficiaries of the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), the international development assistance arm of the Republic of Korea.  Prof. Peiris expressed appreciation of the significant services rendered by KOICA in the development of the water and sanitation sector, in particular, in Sri Lanka.  Korea has made available to Sri Lanka five experts in the fields of indigenous medicine, waste management, ICT and agriculture, and these experts have shared their experience with Sri Lankan officials under the World Friends Korea Programme on a voluntary basis.

The Ministers noted that labour relations and environmental co-operation are other important components of the bilateral relationship.  Prof. Peiris appreciated the employment opportunities available in Korea for the Sri Lankan expatriate labour force.  He also acknowledged, as an exceedingly useful development the launch of the Korea – Sri Lanka Environmental Co-operation Forum.

They also noted that Sri Lanka’s trade with South Korea under the Asia Pacific Trade Agreement is at present growing by almost 46%.

Minister Peiris explained in detail, the reasons why Sri Lanka is not able to accept the Resolution regarding the country, adopted by the Human Rights Council last month.  Given Korea’s understanding of ground realities in Sri Lanka, and considering the Resolution’s interference with domestic processes, he hoped that the Republic of Korea would change its position in this regard in the future.


Ministry of External Affairs

22nd April 2014


Defence Secretary concludes successful visit to Malaysia

Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Secretary, Ministry of Defence & Urban Development, visited Malaysia from 15th to 17th April 2014 at the invitation of Dato Seri Hishammuddin bin Hussein, Minister of Defence of Malaysia, as a guest speaker at the Putrajaya Forum held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Defence Secretary spoke on the theme, “Influence of Non-State Actors: Impact on Global Security”. 

He also attended the 14th Defence Services Asia Exhibition & Conference, which was held simultaneously at the same venue, with the participation of Defence Ministers and senior defence officials and Service Commanders from more than fifty countries.

During his visit, Mr. Rajapaksa held bilateral talks with the Malaysian Minister of Defence and also paid courtesy calls on the Malaysian Prime Minister, Dato Sri Mohd. Najib bin Tun Razak, and the Minister of Federal Territories, Dato Seri Tengku Adnan bin Tangku Mansor, who is in charge of the development of Putrajaya as the federal administrative capital of Malaysia and Kuala Lumpur.

At the meeting with the Malaysian Prime Minister, the Defence Secretary conveyed the condolences of the Government and the people of Sri Lanka on the tragic incident of the missing Malaysian flight MH 370 and discussed future bilateral cooperation in many fields, including defence and security.

The Malaysian Prime Minister conveyed his warm regards and best wishes to President Mahinda Rajapaksa and recalled his recent visit to Sri Lanka to attend the 2013 CHOGM and appreciated the excellent arrangements that had been made by the Government of Sri Lanka to host the Summit.

The Malaysian Defence Minister evinced keen interest in further expanding the existing security cooperation with Sri Lanka and expressed the desirability of signing an MOU on security cooperation. The Defence Secretary explained the rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts of the Government of Sri Lanka and suggested that both countries should explore new vistas of cooperation.

Earlier, Mr Rajapaksa visited the Putrajaya Corporation and met the President of the Putrajaya Corporation, Tan Sri Dato Seri Aseh bin Haji Cha Mat and was briefed on the development programme in the Putrajaya Federal Administrative Capital of Malaysia.

During the meeting with the Minister of Federal Territories, the Defence Secretary discussed the training programmes for Sri Lankan officials in the field of urban development. 

Mr Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Mrs. Ioma Rajapaksa visited the Buddhist Maha Vihara in Kuala Lumpur and paid a courtesy call on the Mahanayake of Malaysia and the Chief Incumbent of the Buddhist Maha Vihara, Ven. Dato Sri Dhammarathana Nayaka Maha Thero.

During the meetings with Malaysian dignitaries, the Defence Secretary was accompanied by the Sri Lankan High Commissioner, Ibrahim Ansar, Chief of Defence Staff, General Jagath Jayasuriya, Inspector General of Police, Mr. N.K. Illangakoon, Major General Lalith Daulagala of the Sri Lanka Army, Deputy High Commissioner, Major General Manawaduge, Rear Admiral N.K.D. Nanayakkara of the Sri Lanka Navy and Mr M. R. Lathif, Deputy Inspector General of the Sri Lanka Police.

Sri Lanka High Commission
Kuala Lumpur
18th April, 2014.

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Secretary Defence addresses the Putrajaya Forum

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Secretary Defence meets the Defence Minister of Malaysia

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Secretary Defence meets the President of Putrajaya

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Secretary Defence meets the Prime Minister of Malaysia


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