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Jakarta Post

Sri Lanka confident of increased ties with RI

  • Alexander Hamer

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, February 5 2013   /  11:26 am

Exotic welcome: Dancers perform a traditional dance of welcome during celebrations to mark the 65th anniversary of Sri Lanka’s independence and the 60th annivesary of Sri Lanka-Indonesia bilateral ties at the Usmar Ismail Film Center in Jakarta on Monday. JP/Jerry AdigunaAs his country celebrates 60 years of diplomatic ties with Indonesia, Sri Lankan Ambassador to Indonesia, Maj. Gen. Nanda Mallawaarachchi underlined a sense of confidence in reaching a more productive relationship with Indonesia.

Mallawaarachchi said the relationship went beyond contemporary history. Without mentioning the year, he noted that an Indonesian king had visited Sri Lanka many years ago, bringing a baby elephant as a gift.

“[That is why] The genes [of Sri Lankan elephants] are very similar to elephants in Sumatra.”

The ambassador was joined by Manpower and Transmigration Minister Mu...