RENEWING DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS BETWEEN SRI LANKA AND MEXICO
Ambassador Federico Salas Lotfe presented his Letters of Credence to His Excellency Ranil Wickremesinghe, President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, at a ceremony held on November 11 at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo.
During his work visit to Sri Lanka, Ambassador Salas also met Dinesh Gunawardena (Prime Minister), Ali Saby (Minister of Foreign Affairs) and Nalin Fernando (Minister of Trade, Commerce and Food Security).
Moreover, Ambassador Salas held meetings with Sri Lankan business leaders to help foster trade between both nations, including Chairman of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce Vish Govindasamy.
Regarding education, Ambassador Salas met the Chairman of the University Grants Commission Senior Professor Sampath Amaratunge. Both are committed to enhancing student and academic exchanges, expanding the Mexican cultural footprint in Sri Lanka and exploring joint scientific research opportunities.
The presentation of letters of credence of Ambassador Salas and all related work meetings were part of a broader effort to strengthen ties between Mexico and Sri Lanka. In challenging times, both nations look to the future through education, people-to-people contacts, science, and trade.
Moreover, these interactions are aligned with the shared pursuit of Mexico and Sri Lanka for a renewed political dialogue and the creation of economic opportunities for the benefit of both peoples.
On the occasion of his presentation of credentials to the President of Sri Lanka on November 11, the ambassador designate of Mexico Federico Salas shared his goal to give, as he stated, “a renewed impetus to the bilateral relationship between Mexico and Sri Lanka by enhancing the levels of trade exchanges that exist and exploring new opportunities for commerce; promoting people-to-people exchanges in areas such as academic cooperation as well as tourism; promoting Mexican culture in Sri Lanka with exhibits, performing arts and culinary festivals; intensifying high-level contacts towards a more robust political dialogue; and expanding our cooperation in multilateral fora.”
The formal introduction to the Mexican ambassador’s goal was expressed at a media round table organised by Hayleys held on 10 November at The Kingsbury Hotel. The round table before His Excellency’s presentation of credentials was arranged primarily to open dialogues and exchange ideas for reshaping the future between the two nations.
November 11 formally marks the beginning of Federico Salas Lotfe’s ambassadorship and the renewing of Sri Lankan ties with Mexico to share knowledge, opportunities and support to expand economic, cultural and technological diversity.