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Lanka- Latvia tourism to be promoted



A literary workshop for schoolchildren was held at the Kurunduwatta Economic Zone in Nawalapitiya recently. Here Minister of Sports, Mahindananda Aluthgamage the chief guest addresses the participants. Pic: Palitha Gunasena

Plans are afoot to promote tourism between Sri Lanka and Latvia in the near future.

The Minister of National Languages and Social integration Vasudeva Nanayakkara told the Latvia day celebrations in Colombo that tourism was gaining momentum and Sri Lanka has become a popular tourist destination for Latvian travellers. “With the dawn of peace in Sri Lanka we expect more tourists,” he said.

He said Latvia had also a developed tourism industry and cooperation in this area between the two countries should be further strengthened, “We also welcome Latvian investments for reconstruction in the North and the East.” Currently, many Sri Lankan students are studying in the universities of Latvia. In the expansion of trade there are many prospects for Sri Lankans as well as Latvian investors in the pharmaceutical and textile sector.

The Minster said that he was pleased to be present on behalf of the government to mark the celebrations of the Republic of Latvia. “This was an appropriate occasion to refer to our long bilateral relations enjoyed all these years.”

He said the assistance offered by Latvia to Sri Lanka following the tsunami, bear testimony to our good relationship.

It is important for both countries to explore new avenues and expansion of our relations in the areas of trade, education, culture and tourism. Latvians’ independence was recognised and restored in October 1991 and Sri Lanka established formal diplomatic relations with Latvia in 1996 based on shared social and democratic values. “Our friendship and cooperation have enabled us to work in multilateral for a issues of common interest.” the minister said.

The Honorary Consul General of Latvia Thomas F. Daetwyler said November 18 marked the 10th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between Latvia and Sri Lanka. “We are aiming to strengthen the ties between the two countries,” he said.

 

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