Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the Russian Federation with concurrent accreditation to the Republic of Kazakhstan Prof. M.D. Lamawansa and an Embassy delegation comprised of DHM Mohamed Anas, Minister Counsellor Dr. Thamaramala Kannangara, spouse of the Ambassador,  and PA to Ambassador Olessya Romanova paid their first official visit to the Republic of Kazakhstan.

In the framework of the visit the Embassy delegation had a series of meetings with several Institutions of the Republic of Kazakhstan including Ministry of Foreign Affairs, State Protocol and Asia-Pacific Departments, Ministry of Culture and Sport, Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA), Chamber of International Commerce.

During the meetings, the parties discussed the prospects for cooperation between Sri Lanka and Kazakhstan with the focus on intensification of the existing bilateral mechanisms of collaboration in the spheres of trade, sports and tourism. The matters pertaining to political consultations, appointment of Hon. Consul, participation in Ministerial meeting in October 2021 and CICA Summit 2nd part of 2022 were also discussed.

Ambassador Prof. Lamawansa conducted a fruitful discussion with Deputy Minister of Culture and Sport of the Republic of Kazakhstan Kozhagapanov. The meeting was also attended by Heads of Committees for Culture, Sports and Tourism.

The Embassy delegation was also received at the Chamber of International Commerce to discuss investment opportunities, and priority areas for extending cooperation in trade and tourism.

Ambassador Prof. Lamawansa and DHM Mohamed Anas attended the informal Ambassador’s Club meeting at the invitation of Executive Director of the Secretariat of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) Ambassador Kairat Sarybay. The event was also attended by Deputy Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan Shakhrat Nuryshev, Member of the Mazhilis of the Parliament of Kazakhstan Amerkhan Rakhimzhanov and Ambassadors of the CICA Member States.

Source – Embassy of Sri Lanka Moscow / 23 June, 2021