Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between Sri Lanka and Grenada
The Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and Grenada established formal diplomatic relations on 19th December 2012. H.E. Dr. Palith Kohona, the Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations, signed the Memorandum of Understanding on behalf of Sri Lanka, while H.E. Ms. Dessima M. Williams, the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Grenada to the United Nations, signed on behalf of Grenada.
Dr. Kohona spoke of the similarities in the history between Grenada and Sri Lanka as spice producers and as members of the Commonwealth. Today, the two countries share similar goals as developing countries, both internationally and domestically. He also drew parallels to the similarities of the island cultures and their love for cricket.
Ms. Williams expressed Grenada’s interest in learning more about Sri Lanka and building on the existing relations. She also noted that the establishment of diplomatic ties would enhance existing close relations and cooperation in the political, socio-economic and cultural fields.
Both Permanent Representative expressed their expectation that this Memorandum of Understanding will significantly contribute to the consolidation of bilateral relations, particularly, the promotion of economic and cultural relations, and people to people contact between the two countries.
- Asian Tribune -