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Czech Ambassador presented credentials in Sri Lanka

Date: 11 January 2016, Venue: Colombo

The Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Sri Lanka, His Excellency Milan Hovorka, presented the Letter of Credence from the President of the Czech Republic, Honourable Miloš Zeman, to the President of Sri Lanka, Honourable Maithripala Sirisena on Monday January 11th, 2016, at the ceremony held on Monday January 11th  2016 at the President´s House in Colombo.

During the ceremony, the President briefed the Czech Ambassador and other newly accredited envoys about the middle-path foreign policy of Sri Lanka and said that the country extends a hand of friendship to all the countries in the world. “Today Sri Lanka has only friends in the world,” he said. President Sirisena, referring to close bilateral relations with Sri Lanka and the countries represented by the new envoys expressed confidence that they would strive to further strengthen bilateral friendship and cooperation in many areas including trade, investment and tourism. The President also recalled the close cooperation between Sri Lanka and those countries at the international forums and thanked them for the support extended to Sri Lanka. He said Sri Lanka too would extend every possible assistance to those countries.


In his reaction, Ambassador Hovorka conveyed cordial greetings from the President and the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic to the President of Sri Lanka and expressed best wishes from the people of the Czech Republic to the people of Sri Lanka for stability and prosperity. He recalled a long history of friendly relations between the two countries and committed himself to take them to even a higher level in a number of areas, including trade, investment, defence, education, culture and people to people contacts. Ambassador appreciated all the effort Sri Lanka has made over the last couple of months to strengthen democracy, initiate a process of national reconciliation, re-engage with the international community and put the country on the path of inclusive growth.

On the occasion of handing over his credentials, Ambassador Milan Hovorka was also received by a number of eminent personalities, including the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka, His Excellency Mangala Samaraweera.