SRI LANKAN COMMUNITY IN GEORGIA EXPRESSES
APPRECIATION FOR EMBASSY OUTREACH PROGRAM
Ambassador, Diplomats take part in first-ever
community meeting in Atlanta
Ambassador Jaliya Wickramasuriya recognized members
of the Sri Lankan Diaspora for their support for the nation’s
post-conflict development and reconciliation efforts during a
day-long meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. He expressed gratitude to
the Sri Lankan community for their commitment to Sri Lanka both
during the recently concluded conflict with the terrorist group
Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, as well as afterward.
In line with the Government’s initiative
in reaching out the Sri Lankans living abroad, the Embassy of
Sri Lanka in Washington D.C., in collaboration with the Sri Lankan
community in the State of Georgia, organized one day “Community
Outreach Programme” with the assistance of Mr. Daminda Manamendra,
Director Kinderland Montessori, in Atlanta on Saturday 14th November
2009. Rev. Panamwela Wajirabudhdhi Thero, the Chief Priest of
the Georgia Buddhist Vihara, also attended at the event.
Ambassador Wickramasuriya also stated that the
government of Sri Lanka is ardently pursuing reconciliation among
its people, both at home and abroad.
“The Sri Lankan community living in the
U.S. actively supported the government’s effort of defeating
the LTTE and to counter pro-LTTE activities in the United States,”
Ambassador Wickramasuriya said.
Embassy Staff Officials are in conversation with Sri Lankan
community members in Georgia.
Dr. A. Amarasinghe, in his welcome address thanked
the Ambassador and Embassy Staff for their outreach efforts as
it was the first-ever meeting between an Ambassador and the Sri
Lankan community in Georgia.
Ambassador also noted, that it was, “the
first occasion senior diplomats visited the State of Georgia to
reach out to the Sri Lankan community here to provide consular
assistance, information on Trade and Investment opportunities
and post conflict development programme currently undertaken by
the Government of Sri Lanka.”
The one-day community outreach program was part
of the Embassy’s campaign to meet with Sri Lankans living
throughout the U.S. to discuss post-conflict development, peace
Officials of the Embassy provided information
to the community on opportunities available in trade, investment
and tourism sector, Treasury Bonds / Bills, Non Resident Foreign
Currency and Resident Foreign Currency accounts and attended inquiries
on issuing passports, dual citizenship issues and other consular
Embassy of Sri Lanka
17 November 2009