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Press Release - ‘Sri Lanka Nature in Focus’ – Fotoausstellung in Deutschland durch Athula Dissanayaka

DSC 0905Botschafter Sarrath Kongahage hat die am 19. Mai 2012 in der Werkstatt der Kulturen in Berlin-Neukölln die Fotoausstellung ‘Sri Lanka Nature in Focus’ von Atuila Dissanayake, einem der bekanntesten Künstler aus Sri Lanka, eröffnet. Die Ausstellung wurde mit Unterstützung der Botschaft von Sri Lanka in Berlin durch die Sri Lanka Association in Berlin eröffnet und bildete einen Bestandteil der ‘Sri Lankan Cultural Week 2012’, die vom 19. Bis 27. Mai 2012 zeitgleich mit dem Karneval der Kulturen in Berlin stattfand.

Media Release - Expo 2012 and German Participants

DSCN0217The Sri Lanka Expo 2012, an international trade exhibition organized by the Sri Lanka Export Development Board (SLEDB) with the support of entrepreneurs in the private and public sectors, was held from 28 to 30 March 2012 at the BMICH, Colombo, Sri Lanka.   It took place after a lapse of several years following the successful ending of the three decades of civil conflict with the objectives of promoting trade, investment and tourism as well as instilling confidence among the buyers of Sri Lankan goods and services.

Sinhala and Tamil New Year celebrations 2012 – Frankfurt, Germany

ff-april-newyear02H E the Amabssdor Sarrath Kongahage was chief gust of honour at the Sinhala and Tamil New Year celebrations in Zeppelinheim, Neu Isenburg near Frankfurt on 28th of April 2012. The function was organised by the Sri Lankan community in Frankfurt with the support of sponsor organizations and the Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Frankfurt. The about 200 participants enjoyed a day full of Sri Lankan flair.


Sri Lanka wins the historical First Place in one of the greatest Pageants in the World, Carnival of Cultures in Berlin, beating 100 Countries

Ambassador Sarrath Kongahage walking along in the ParadeSri Lanka wins the first Price for Ensemble out of more than 5000 dancers, drummers and musicians in colourful costumes from more than 100 countries at the 17th Carnival of Cultures in Berlin on Sunday, 27th May 2012. Sri Lankan pageants led by the renowned Channa Upuli Dance Group from Sri Lanka and members of the Sri Lankan community representing ethnic Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim presented a colourful and impressive formation in the parade. This is the first time that Sri Lanka has participated at the event since 2007.

Ambassador as Guest of Honour of Vernissage by Friends Kinderhilfe e.V. in Düsseldorf

Vernissage-LIH-1On 3rd May 2012, Ambassador Sarrath Kongahage was guest of honour at the vernissage “Leben im Heim” showing impressions from children’s homes in Essen/Germany and Sri Lanka. The event took place at the Goethe Institut in Düsseldorf and was organized by Friends Kinderhilfe International e.V. and the Goethe Institut in Düsseldorf. In the image Ambassador Sarrath Kongahage with Haider Hassan, Friends Kinderhilfe International e.V., and Stefan Brunner, head of the Goethe Institut in Düsseldorf. 

Ambassador Sarrath Kongahage briefs Dr. Ms. Emily Haber, the State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany

mbassador Sarrath KongahageH.E. Sarrath Kongahage met with Dr. Ms. Emily Haber, the State Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany at the Federal German Foreign Office on 17 February 2012.
During the meeting, the Ambassador extensively briefed the State Secretary of the current developments in Sri Lanka in line with the reconciliation, reconstruction and rehabilitation process in the post conflict period of the country. H E the Ambassador also recalled the close cooperation existing between Germany and Sri Lanka and emphasised the necessity of expansion of such relations into wider cooperation.