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Jakarta Post

Sri Lankan envoy vows to foster strong partnership with RI

  • Veeramalla Anjaiah and Esther Samboh

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, February 4 2008   /  12:48 pm

When Sri Lanka became independent from Britain sixty years ago, its socio-economic progress was only second to Japan in Asia. At that time, we didn't have economic dragons, elephants or tigers. Most of the Asian states were busy building their nations after independence from European colonial masters. In the early 1960s, Singapore's founding father Lee Kuan Yew visited Colombo and stayed in the famous Galle Face Hotel. It was in this hotel that Lee made up his mind to imitate Ceylon, as Sri Lanka was then known. "Yes, it's true Singapore's former prime minister Lee said at that time that he wanted to create a Ceylon in his country," Sri Lanka's Ambassador to Indonesia Maj.-Gen. (ret) Nanda Mallawaarachchi told The Jakarta Post recently in a special interview in connection with the diamond jubilee celebrations of Sri Lanka's independence. Sri Lanka, a country rich in natural and...