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Sri Lanka offers The Korea Post publisher with Plaque of Appreciation for cooperationPresented by Ambassador Manisha Gunasekera at the residence

By Sean Kim
Staff reporter

Ambassador Manisha Gunasekera of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka in Seoul presented Publisher-Chairman of The Korea Post media with a Plaque of Appreciation for the cooperation given for the promotion of friendship and cooperation between Korea and Sri Lanka. She made the presentation at a traditional Sri Lankan dinner at her residence in Seongbuk-dong, Seoul on July 14, 2017.

Ambassador Manisha Gunasekera of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka in Seoul (left) presents a crystal Plaque of Appreciation to Publisher-Chairman Lee Kyung-sik of The Korea Post media in appreciation for the contribution made by him for the promotion of relations between the two countries.

The dinner was attended also by the members of the embassy, who included Minister Counsellor Jagath Abeywarna, Second Secretary Suminda Mendis, Head of Chancery Sasanga Nikapitiya, Media and Consular Assistant Ms. Sarah Huh, and Ambassador’s Secretary Ms. Hyo Jeong Kim.

The meeting offered an excellent opportunity for the Korea Post media to learn the latest development in Sri Lanka and the bilateral relations, including economic cooperation in the private business sector.

Ambassador Gunasekera (seated at center) speaks with Publisher-Chairman Lee Kyung-sik of The Korea Post media (third from left) on the promotion of bilateral relations. Second Secretary Suminda Mendis is holding a latest copy of The Korea Post magazine, second from left while Minister Counsellor Jagath Abeywarna is examining stories and photos on the Korean-language newspaper of The Korea Post media. It is a regular-sized Korean-language newspaper consisting of 20 pages. On the right of Ambassador Gunasekera are, from left, Media and Consular Assistant Ms. Sarah Huh, Head of Chancery Sasanga Nikapitiya and Ambassador’s Secretary Ms. Hyo Jeong Kim.

“Sri Lanka teems in rubber, coconut, cinnamon and tea,” said Ambassador Gunasekera speaking with Publisher-Chairman Lee of The Korea Post. “We also have a lot of fish and other marine products, Sri Lanka being an island country.”

She also disclosed that Sri Lanka meant “Country of Light.”

There are many Korean companies enjoying good business in Sri Lanaka. They included Samsung SDS, LG CNS and Daewoo Engineering & Construction.

Since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1977, Korea and Sri Lanka have been enjoying very close ties of cooperation and friendship.

Since the inception of diplomatic ties in 1977, Korea and Sri Lanka have developed cooperative and friendly relations in various fields such as politics, economy, development cooperation, cultural affairs, and personnel exchanges.

A crystal Plaque of Appreciation presented to Publisher-Chairman Lee Kyung-sik of The Korea Post media by Ambassador Gunasekera of Sri Lanka.


Sri Lanka is known as the third largest partner of Korea’s Official Development Assistant (ODA) programs. Sri Lanka is known to have huge potential to be Korea’s future economic partner as Korea is known to be among countries which Sri Lankans wish to visit.

In fact, reports indicate that every year thousands of young Sri Lankans come to Korea to work in various industrial sites across the country, making a meaningful contribution to Korea’s economic development. In addition, thanks to the current Korean Wave, Sri Lankan people are known to develop increasingly strong and warm ties of friendship with the Korean people.

Sean Kim  edt@koreapost.com

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