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Minister Milinda Moragoda expressed his intention of bringing the expatriates Sri Lankans together

New Delhi, 16 January, (Asiantribune.com): Sri Lanka Minister Milinda Moragoda expressed that Sri Lanka too like to evolve the Indian pattern of bringing expatriate Sri Lankan community together and strengthens further their commitment to personally promoting Sri Lanka as a destination for investment and for tourism.

Tourism Minister Milinda Moragoda was in Delhi after attending the "Vibrant Gujarat Investors’ Summit 2009" in the city of Ahmadabad, for a series of meetings on 14th January which included calls on two Cabinet Ministers of the Government of India.

During his meeting with the Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs Mr. Vayalar Ravi, Mr. Moragoda conveyed his felicitations on the "Pravasi Bharatiya Divas" recently held in Chennai from the 7th to the 9th of January.

This event which is annually organized by the Overseas Indian Affairs Ministry brings together non resident Indians and strengthens further their commitment to personally promoting in their present countries of residence, India as a destination for investment and for tourism.

Minister Moragoda further stated that Sri Lanka would like to evolve a similar initiative to cover the expatriate Sri Lanka community. Minister Vayalar Ravi assured Minister Moragoda that his Ministry would be happy to share its experiences in this regard with the Sri Lanka authorities.
Mr. Milinda Moragoda Sri Lankan Tourism Minister and the Indian Minister of Tourism and of Culture Mrs. Ambika Soni at Tourism and of Culture Ministry at Delhi. Mr. Milinda Moragoda Sri Lankan Tourism Minister and the Indian Minister of Tourism and of Culture Mrs. Ambika Soni at Tourism and of Culture Ministry at Delhi.
The discussion between Mr. Moragoda and the Indian Minister of Tourism and of Culture Mrs. Ambika Soni, was very much focused on the possibilities of collaboration in the tourism sector between the two countries. The two Ministers noted that the sacred Buddhist sites in India and the sites related to the Ramayana in Sri Lanka could be leveraged for further strengthening the people to people contacts and friendship between the two nations. Mention was also made that in the current climate of terrorism becoming a global menace, the hospitality industry needs to further heighten the security measures it deploys to protect its clients and its staff. The two Ministries would accordingly share information on the best practices in this regard.

The meeting with Mrs. Ambika Soni concluded with an understanding that the bilateral Joint Working Group on Tourism would be convened at the earliest possible mutually convenient time.

Minister Moragoda was accompanied for his discussion by Mr. Bernard Goonetilleke, Chairman of the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority.

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