Sri Lanka opens Honorary Consulate in Mongolia
The inauguration of the Honorary Consulate held in Ulaanbaatar was attended by Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Mongolia with residence in Beijing Dr. Karunasena Kodituwakku.
Sri Lanka opened its first Honorary Consulate in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia recently. The inauguration of the Honorary Consulate held in Ulaanbaatar was attended by Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Mongolia with residence in Beijing Dr. Karunasena Kodituwakku, Honorary Consul Orgilmaa Doloonjin, Most Venerable Khamba Lama Choijamts of Gandan Monastery, Director General of the Asia-Pacific Department of the Mongolian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sarantogos and several well-wishers, including Sri Lankans living in Ulaanbaatar. Addressing the inauguration, Ambassador Kodituwakku recalled the historical relations between the two countries through Buddhism and contemporary relations as members of the Non-Aligned Movement. “Although the two countries established diplomatic relations in 1962, they have not been able to establish residential missions in each other’s capitals. Therefore, the establishment of an Honorary Consulate of Sri Lanka in Ulaanbaatar will immensely strengthen relations between the two countries in the future,” the Ambassador said. Most Venerable Khamba Lama Choijamts, addressing the gathering, recalled his visit to Sri Lanka last year and the meetings he had with the Mahanayaka Theros in Kandy. Further, he recalled the contribution made by two late Buddhist priests from Sri Lanka, namely Ven. Mapalagama Vipulasara and Ven. Medagoda Sumanatissa, to promote friendship between the Buddhist communities of Mongolia and Sri Lanka.