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Sri Lanka Social Club building on the anvil


Sri Lanka Social Club building on the anvil

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The 66th National Day celebrations of Sri Lanka, which were held at the embassy.Photo – Supplied

Muscat: The Sri Lankan Social Club will soon have its own building in Muscat, Asoka Girihagama, the south Asian contry's Ambassador to Oman said at the 66th National Day celebrations of his country held at the embassy here.

Addressing the gathering, he said, "We were able to obtain a land block for the Sri Lankan Social Club in Oman. The social club will erect a building in that land block in the near future and it will reflect Sri Lanka-Oman friendship in this beautiful country."

Stating that year 2013 was a successful year for the Sri Lankan embassy and the Sri Lankan community in Oman, Girihagama said, "Oman opened its embassy in Colombo. This achievement has been the result of the collective efforts made by our past ambassadors and the officers who served in Oman. We thank them all for their efforts."

He further said, "Sri Lanka was able to purchase the current embassy premises. We express our gratitude to His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, the President of Sri Lanka, Dilan Perera, Minister of Employment Promotion and Welfare and officials of his Ministry and the Sri Lanka Foreign Employment Bureau for their support."

The ambassador added that foreign ministries of both countries held discussions to strengthen bilateral relations in January this year. "It will lay a foundation for developing relations in many areas, including trade, tourism, education, agriculture, maritime, and others, in the years ahead," the envoy said.

Stating that Sri Lanka has had a presence on Oman for over 25 years after establishing its embassy here, the ambassador said, "During this period, we were able to strengthen our relations with Oman, while looking forward to establishing relations in new areas. It has to be mentioned that our forward march and achievements have not been easy.

Numerous obstacles have hampered our progress and we should not be discouraged by these obstructions. It is important to work honestly in a transparent manner to overcome all these hindrances."