Korea donates US$ 300,000 worth anti COVID-19 test kits
Marking 43rd anniversary of diplomatic relations with Sri Lanka
COLOMBO – The Ambassador of the Republic of Korea, Woonjin Jeong handed over US$ 300,000 worth Real-Time PCR Test Kits to Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dinesh Gunawardena, in a ceremony Tuesday (8), marking the 43rd anniversary of the estabishmentof diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and South Korea.
Minister Gunawardena thanked the Republic of Korea for the generous contribution towards the COVID-19 containment efforts of the Government of Sri Lanka and highlighted that the traditional friendship between the two countries has flourished over time into a multifaceted partnership with economic cooperation as a key pillar.
Acknowledging the exponential growth achieved by the Republic of Korea in the past decades, he sought Korea’s expertise and support towards the development of rural economies and livelihoods in Sri Lanka with a special focus on aviation, shipping, health, agriculture, science & technology.
Ambassador Woonjin Jeong in his remarks said that under the ‘Stay Strong’ campaign, Korea and Sri Lanka have strengthened anti-COVID collaboration with each other, and expressed satisfaction at the ongoing development partnership between the two countries. He said he would invite Korean investors to explore more opportunities in Sri Lanka in key sectors including LNG, renewable energy, infrastructure and digital economy and more Korean tourists to visit Sri Lanka once the COVID-19 related travel restrictions are lifted.
State Minister of Regional Co-operation Tharaka Balasuriya, Foreign Secretary Admiral Prof. Jayanath Colombage, senior officials of the Foreign Ministry and the Embassy of Republic of Korea in Colombo were present at the event.
Sri Lanka and the Republic of Korea established diplomatic relations on 14 November 1977.
-Sri Lanka Foreign Ministry