Sri Lanka has forged diplomatic ties and further strengthened its relationships with a large number of countries in Latin America, Africa and the Caribbean, Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Cuba, Sarath Dissanayake said.
In a wide ranging interview with Radio Havana’s flagship programme “The world where we live in” the Ambassador said that both Sri Lanka and Cuba being two island nations, have many things in common and shared perspectives on matters of mutual interest.
He said that the relations between the two countries today are multifaceted and vibrant covering trade, investment, education, science and technology, culture and close people to people contacts, thanks to the far sighted visionary leaders in the past and present.
As regards the post – conflict developments in Sri Lanka since the end of hostilities in May 2009, the Ambassador outlined initiatives taken and progress made in reconstruction, rehabilitation, reconciliation and socio – economic sectors that brought economic dividends and livelihood benefits to all segments of the society.
In this regard he observed that “today Sri Lankans are at peace while the country has ushered in a new era of unity, harmony and progress among people of different ethnic, religious and geographical backgrounds.
He also laid emphasis on Sri Lanka’s proactive role in the Commonwealth as the host of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in November 2013 following which it will assume the chair of CHOGM for the next two years.
Commenting further, he said forthcoming CHOGM will provide a platform to promote mutually beneficial cooperation and partnerships among likeminded countries within and outside the Commonwealth. (Colombo Gazette)