State Minister of International Trade Sujeewa Senasinghe of Sri Lank met with Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport Yoo Il-ho on Nov. 3, 2015 in Seoul during a visit to Korea on the invitation of Minister Yoo.
During the bilateral meeting, the two Ministers discussed issues of mutual interest including means of further enhancing economic cooperation between the two countries with a specific focus on Korean investment in heavy industrial zones in Sri Lanka. Minister Senasinghe also participated in the Global Infrastructure Cooperation Conference (GICC) organized by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport in Seoul on the same day.
Ambassador Gunasekera of Sri Lanka meets mayor of Busan
Ambassador Manisha Gunasekera paid a courtesy call on the Mayor Suh Byung-soo of Busan Metropolitan City on Oct. 22, 2015. Avenues of cooperation between Sri Lanka and Busan were discussed during the meeting. Ambassador Gunasekera updated Mayor Suh on business and promotional events planned for the upcoming year in Busan, as well as on the economic contribution of the significant Sri Lankan community living in the Busan Metropolitan region.
Mayor Suh acknowledged the valuable contribution of the Sri Lankan community in Busan and signaled his interest to ensure their continued welfare. Ambassador Gunasekera also pointed to the synergies between the port city of Busan and important port cities in Sri Lanka such as Colombo and Galle.
During the visit, Ambassador Gunasekera and staff of the Sri Lanka Embassy also met with the Honorary Consul of Sri Lanka in Busan Mr. Shin Jung-Taek and representatives of the Sri Lankan community, and discussed issues of mutual interest.
Ambassador of Gunasekera of Sri Lanka in Seoul Presents Credentials
Newly appointed Ambassador Manisha Gunasekera of Sri Lanka to the Republic of Korea presented credentials to President Park Guen-Hye on Sept. 14, 2015 at the President's Office in Seoul. The Credentials ceremony included a brief meeting with President Park, an official photograph and an honour guard. Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs Cho Tae-yong and Senior Presidential Secretary for Foreign Affairs and National Security Ju Chul-ki were present at the Credentials ceremony from the Korean side.
At the meeting, President Park warmly welcomed the new ambassador of Sri Lanka and wished her well in her assignment.
At the meeting, President Park referred to the historically warm bilateral relations between the Republic of Korea and Sri Lanka covering political, economic and cultural relations and development cooperation, and reiterated the need to further expand the existing cooperation and friendly ties between the two countries.
Ambassador Gunasekera thanked President Park for her kind sentiments, and conveyed to her the compliments and best wishes of President Maithripala Sirisena of Sri Lanka, which were warmly reciprocated. She expressed Sri Lanka’s deep appreciation to the Republic of Korea for hosting a 30,000 strong Sri Lankan expatriate community which is making a significant contribution to the country’s economy, as well as for the support extended through development cooperation over the years. The Ambassador also referred to the interest of the Sri Lankan Government to further elevate the existing close and friendly relations, with particular emphasis on the political and economic spheres, in the context of the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations of the two countries scheduled for 2017.
Ambassador Gunasekera joined the Sri Lanka Foreign Service in 1996, and has among other posts, served as Sri Lanka's Deputy Permanent Representative in Geneva, Director General / Donor Coordination of the Ministry of Economic Development, and Director General / East Asia and Pacific of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka.
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