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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2620

Foreign Minister proposes linking city of Colombo and Frankfurt

A move to tie-up and strengthen links between Sri Lanka’s metropolitan city of Colombo and Frankfurt, considered Germany’s Banking, Financial & Trade Centre. This was discussed in Frankfurt, when Mayor Mrs. Petra Roth, welcomed Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama to Frankfurt at a meeting in the ‘Rathhaus’ (Town Hall) on the 22nd of August, 2008.

During the discussion, both parties noted that Sri Lankan Airlines flies direct to Frankfurt four times a week and that an average 45,000,00 German Tourists visit Sri Lanka annually.

They discussed ways and means to further strengthen this cooperation including the holding of regular events to promote trade and investment. Following these discussions the Minister proposed that it would be advantageous to move our trade office in Berlin to Frankfurt. The Minister said he hoped to welcome the Mayor Mrs. Roth in Colombo in the near future to discuss strengthening links between the two cities.

Earlier Foreign Minister Bogollagama attended a Press Conference at the Chamber of Commerce where he spoke to representatives of the German Media and assured them that the Conflict in the North did not affect tourists.

He pointed out that in 25 years of Conflict not a single tourist has been targeted, he therefore urged Travel Writers to encourage tourists to visit Sri Lanka and to comment positively on what Sri Lanka has to offer to German tourists.

Minister Bogollagama was accompanied by Sri Lanka’s Ambassador in Germany T.B. Maduwegedera, Consul General in Frankfurt B. Athauda and other senior officials.

- Asian Tribune -

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