South Korea to further strengthen relations with Sri Lanka

South Korea will look to further strengthen its relations with Sri Lanka.

The new Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Sri Lanka, LEE Heon, said that he will take efforts to further strengthen the excellent relations between Korea and Sri Lanka, in a mutually beneficial and future oriented way, thereby deepening the bonds of friendship and understanding between the two nations and peoples.

Heon presented his credentials to President Maithripala Sirisena at the President’s House in Colombo on the 23rd of January.

Lee, who arrived in Sri Lanka on the 16th of January (Tuesday), shares a very special bond with Sri Lanka, having served at the Korean Embassy in Colombo in the 1990s, in his very first post abroad after joining the Foreign Service.

Serving as Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Sri Lanka, his first post as an ambassador, is truly meaningful. During his previous service in this country, when Sri Lanka was still experiencing civil war, the Republic of Korea was the largest distributor of FDI in Sri Lanka at that time.

Ambassador Lee is delighted to have the opportunity to return to Sri Lanka, which is like a second home to him, in particular at this meaningful time when the bilateral relations have been further strengthened with the momentum generated by the celebration of the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations in 2017, the South Korean Embassy in Colombo said.

The Embassy said that the state visit by President Maithripala Sirisena to Korea last November was meaningful and Ambassador Lee had the opportunity to meet with the Sri Lankan President on various occasions. (Colombo Gazette)