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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2731

Political and cultural relationship between Sri Lanka and Portugal reminded

Lisbon, 10 June, ( Sri Lankan AmbassadorAmbassador Fernando to Portuguese President  Anibal Cavaco Silva in LisbonAmbassador Fernando to Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva in Lisbon Lionel Fernando presented his credentials to Portugal President Anibal Cavaco Silva at the Presidential Palace in Lisbon. Ambassador Fernando, who is the Ambassador to France and Permanent Representative to UNESCO, and is also concurrently accredited to Portugal and Spain.

The ambassador Lionel Fernando, during his discussion with President Silva recalled the political and cultural relations between Portugal and Sri Lanka running back to 500 years. He pointed out that Portuguese influence in Sri Lanka was very much evident in many spheres and mentioned that Galle Fort is among the several cultural heritage sites named by the UNESCO.

Referring to trade exchanges between the two countries, he said that Portugal could increase import of Sri Lankan agricultural products such as vegetables and fruit in addition to traditional imports like tea and spices.

Ambassador Fernando explained the recent developments in Sri Lanka emphasizing the successes in elimination of terrorism and it was readily acknowledged and well received by President Silva.

He also thanked the Portuguese President for understanding displayed by Portugal at international forums. During the discussions the Secretary General of Portugese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Vasco Valente and Chief of Protocol Jose de Bouza Serrano were also present. Later Mr Fernando and Mr Valente held detailed discussions on bilateral relations.

- Asian Tribune -

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