Sept 25, Colombo: The newly appointed Sri Lanka Envoy for Germany, Eng. Karunasena Hettiarachchi presented credentials to President of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier, at the Honour Court of Bellevue Castle in Berlin on 20th September 2017.
On the occasion, Ambassador Hettiarachchi conveying the greetings and best wishes of the Sri Lankan President and Prime Minister to the German President, reiterated the commitment of the government to strengthen relations between the two countries.
Ambassador Hettiarachchi briefed the German President on the significant progress that Sri Lanka has made on reconciliation, reconstruction and economic development, following the election of the Unity government in 2015.
The Ambassador also thanked the Federal President for his assistance and goodwill towards Sri Lanka during his tenure as the Federal Foreign Minister.
Welcoming the new Ambassador, President Steinmeier stated that a positive environment has been created for greater collaboration with the international community by the policies of the new government in Sri Lanka. He further highlighted the importance of strengthening relations between the two countries, particularly in the fields of culture, trade, investment and tourism.
The German President assured of his support and that of his staff to the new envoy in pursuing initiatives for greater cooperation between the two countries.
The Ambassador was accompanied by his wife, Mrs. Wasantha Gunawardana, Counsellor/ Head of Chancery Mr. U. Ahamed Razee, Second Secretary Mrs. T.N. Arnolda, and Third Secretary Mr. A. G. Gamini Wijayarathna.