''Sri Lanka and its cultural and culinary influences have drawn the attention of the world as never before, with the country's tourism industry expanding, and its economy registering fast growth'', stated Tomas Dub, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, opening the Culinary and Cultural Festival of Sri Lanka at Hotel Hilton Old Town Prague on 21 March 2013.
The Embassy and Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka in Austria together with the Sri Lanka community and friends of Sri Lanka from many parts of Austria celebrated the Sinhala and Tamil New Year at the Embassy reception hall on the evening of 14th April 2013.
Guests arriving at the event were met with a traditional greeting according to Sinhala and Tamil customs, with a sheaf of betel and pottu. The event commenced with the lighting of the oil lamp by children.
‘’Sri Lanka’s social and economic development model is encouraging for countries like Bosnia and Herzegovina’’, stated H.E. Mr. Nebojša Radmonovič, Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina when Ambassador of Sri Lanka called on him at the President’s Office in Sarajevo, following the presentation of the Letter of Credence later this month.
Minister of External Affairs Professor G.L. Peiris left the country over the week-end on official visits to Slovenia, Austria and Germany at the invitation of the Foreign Ministers of these countries.
In Ljubljana he will have bilateral talks with Mr. Karl Erjavec, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of the Republic of Slovenia. Dignitaries with whom Professor Peiris will have discussions in Slovenia include Mr. Janko Veber, President of the National Assembly of Slovenia, Dr. Ernest Patric, President of the Constitutional Court of Slovenia, and a Member of the International Law Commission and Mr. Janez Podobnik, Director General of the International Centre for Promotion of Enterprises (ICPE), an inter-governmental organization located in Ljubljana.
Minister of External Affairs, Prof. G.L. Peiris concluded a two day official visit to the Republicof Slovenia on Monday.
The Minister met with several Slovenian dignitaries, including his counterpart Karl Erjavec. During the discussions, the two Ministers acknowledged the cordial political relations that existed between the two countries and agreed to further realize the potential for economic and trade relations between Sri Lanka and Slovenia. Minister Peiris emphasized that the ongoing visit by a delegation of prominent business leaders from Sri Lanka to Slovenia would serve to match complementary and mutually beneficial trade and investment opportunities for both countries.