Sri Lanka-Slovenia relations have grown exponentially – Ambassador
Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Solvenia Majintha Jayesinghe who presented his Letters of Credence to the President of the Republic of Slovenia Borut Pahor at the Presidential Palace in Ljubljana on June 29, 2021, conveyed the greetings of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and the People of Sri Lanka to President of the Republic of Slovenia, Borut Pahor and the People of Slovenia.
Ambassador Jayesinghe also expressed his felicitations on the 30th Anniversary of the Statehood of Slovenia and Slovenia’s assumption to the Presidency of the European Council on July 1, 2021.
President Borut reciprocated the greetings to his Sri Lankan counterpart and expressed his interest to enhance bilateral relations between the two countries.
The ceremony commenced with a Guard of Honour by the Slovenian Armed Forces, which was followed by the presentation of the Letters of Credence and courtesy call with President Borut Pahor. Ambassador Jayesinghe was accompanied by Counsellor and Head of Chancery of the Embassy Charitha Weerasinghe and Honorary Consul of Sri Lanka to Slovenia Andrej Prebil.
Ambassador Jayesinghe briefed the Slovenian President on the challenges faced due to the COVID-19 pandemic and also hoped there would be an equitable distribution of vaccines.
The Ambassador said that Sri Lanka-Slovenia special relations have grown exponentially covering a multitude of areas with mutual benefits.
He also said that Sri Lanka hopes to further strengthen and expand the friendly relations in economic, trade, investments, and tourism sectors in the years ahead.
Jayesinghe extended an invitation on behalf of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to President Borut Pahor to visit Sri Lanka. The Slovenian President Pahor stated that he wishes to visit Sri Lanka before the end of his second term in office.
Ambassador Jayesinghe, on the sidelines of the presentation of credentials held discussions with State Secretary on behalf of Prime Minister of Slovenia Dr. Igor Sencar, State Secretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dr. Stanislav Rascan, Head of Department for Asia and Oceania Bojan Bertoncelj, Director General, Directorate for Multilateral Affairs and Development Cooperation Igor Jukic in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Discussions were also held with Director General of the Slovenian Chamber of Commerce Ales Cabtarutti, and Director General of Slovenian Tourist Board Maja Pak, exploring new ways to promote trade, investment and tourism opportunities in the new normal.
Ambassador Majintha Jayesinghe joined the Sri Lanka Foreign Service in 1998 and was Ambassador in the United Arab Emirates, prior to the appointment in Austria.
The diplomatic career entailed serving as Consul General in Shanghai, People’s Republic of China and Deputy High Commissioner in Malaysia.
Ambassador Majintha Jayesinghe is a graduate of the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom and a past pupil of St. Joseph’s College and Royal College, Colombo.