SL opens first Hon­orary Con­sulate in Mon­go­lia

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Sri Lanka opened its first Hon­orary Con­sulate in Ulaan­baatar, Mon­go­lia re­cently, a state­ment from the For­eign Af­fairs Min­istry said yes­ter­day.

The in­au­gu­ra­tion of the Hon­orary Con­sulate and the rib­bon-cut­ting cer­e­mony was held in Ulaan­baatar and at­tended by Sri Lanka’s Am­bas­sador to Mon­go­lia

Dr. Karunasena Kodi­tuwakku who is res­i­dent in Bei­jing, Hon­orary Con­sul

Mrs. Orgilmaa Doloon­jin, Most Ven­er­a­ble Khamba Uama Choi­jamts of the Gan­dan Monastery, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of the Asia-pa­cific Depart­ment of the Mon­go­lian Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs Mrs. Saran­to­gos and sev­eral well wish­ers, in­clud­ing Sri Lankans liv­ing in Ulaan­baatar.

Ad­dress­ing the in­au­gu­ra­tion, Am­bas­sador Kodi­tuwakku re­called the his­tor­i­cal re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries through Bud­dhism and con­tem­po­rary re­la­tions as mem­bers of the Non-aligned Move­ment. He said that though the two coun­tries es­tab­lished diplo­matic re­la­tions in 1962, they have not been able to es­tab­lish res­i­den­tial mis­sions in each other’s cap­i­tals. There­fore, es­tab­lish­ment of a Hon­orary Con­sulate of Sri Lanka in Ulaan­baatar will im­mensely strengthen re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries in the fu­ture, the Am­bas­sador added.

Most Ven­er­a­ble Khamba Lama Choi­jamts, ad­dress­ing the gath­er­ing, re­called his visit to Sri Lanka last year and the meet­ings he had with the Ma­hanayaka theras in Kandy. Fur­ther, he re­called the con­tri­bu­tion made by two late Bud­dhist priests from Sri Lanka, namely Ven. Ma­palagama Vip­u­lasara and Ven. Medagoda Su­ma­natissa, to pro­mote friend­ship be­tween Bud­dhist com­mu­ni­ties of Mon­go­lia and Sri Lanka. He re­quested the gath­er­ing to visit Sri Lanka, par­tic­u­larly Kandy and Anu­rad­ha­pura to ob­tain bless­ings from the Tem­ple of the Sa­cred Tooth Relic and the Sri Maha Bodhi.

Mrs. Orgilma Doloon­jing, the first Sri Lankan Hon­orary Con­sul in Mon­go­lia, who is a lead­ing en­tre­pre­neur, thanked the Gov­ern­ment of Sri Lanka for the op­por­tu­nity given to her to pro­mote the friend­ship be­tween the two coun­tries. She as­sured the gath­er­ing that she would de­vote her time and re­sources to en­hance trade and cul­tural con­nec­tiv­ity, in­clud­ing tourism.

Mr. Danushka Wi­je­sek­era, who spoke on be­half of the Sri Lankan ex­pa­tri­ates in Mon­go­lia thanked both gov­ern­ments for the es­tab­lish­ment of the Hon­orary Con­sulate. Mon­go­lian Na­tional Tele­vi­sion gave promi­nence to their cov­er­age of the event in its evening news bul­letin.

Ad­dress­ing the in­au­gu­ra­tion, Am­bas­sador Kodi­tuwakku re­called the his­tor­i­cal re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries through Bud­dhism and con­tem­po­rary re­la­tions as mem­bers of the Non-aligned Move­ment

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