Sri Lankan Ambassador’s Courtesy Visit to Baden-Württemberg
The Visit of H. E Ambassador Amunugama Will Strengthen Relations in South West GermanyJune 16th, 2015
On June 12th the Sri Lankan Ambassador to Germany, Karunatilaka Amunugama, decided to pay a visit to South-West Germany. This was an occasion for him to meet the Minister for the Federal Council, Europe and International Affairs of Baden-Württemberg, the Hon. Peter Friedrich.
Baden-Württemberg is one of the strongest locations in terms of economic power in both Germany and Europe. This is largely thanks to the numerous car businesses and manufacturers, such as Porsche and Daimler-Benz. With information technology companies like SAP, and the giant Bosch mechanical factories, this region is ideal for such a meeting as this, which aims to strengthen the bilateral relationship with Sri Lanka, and encourage direct foreign investments in the country in the future.
During his time in Germany, H. E. Amunugama visited Stuttgart, the capital city of the state. There, he attended a reception hosted by Wilfried Klenk, President of the regional parliament of Baden-Württemberg, and also met Mr. Fritz Kuhn, the Lord Mayor of Stuttgart.
To mark this visit of the Honorary Consul of Sri Lanka to Baden-Württemberg, Norbert H. Quack, hosted a dinner, inviting the most reputable business personalities and tycoons from the city and the surrounding areas. There, he delivered a speech about the business and investment opportunities that Sri Lanka can offer its German counterparts.
It was also an occasion for him to meet the large Sri Lankan diaspora community in Stuttgart, many of whom fled during the civil war against the insurgent group « Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam ». The civil war lasted 26 years (from 1983 until May 2009) and tore the country apart. Furthermore, the visit was an opportunity for the Ambassador to inform this community about the current situation in the country, the will of national reconciliation, and the welfare and development of its people worldwide.
Finally, he met Prof. Dr. Bernhard Eitel, rector of the South Asia Institute (SAI) at the University of Heidelberg and his students. This provided the chance to discuss initiatives as well as the current situation in Sri Lanka, and marked his first visit to the SAI.News from Berlin
Smoh, Berlin Global