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Vatican envoy calls Foreign Minister

Vatican envoy calls Foreign Minister

 Vatican Ambassador Archbishop Brian Ngozi Udaigwe recently visited Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena at the Foreign Ministry.

Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena referred to the close and cordial relations between Sri Lanka and the Holy See and recalled the visit of Pope Francis to Sri Lanka.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs appreciated the assistance provided by the Holy See and the Catholic Church in Sri Lanka in education, poverty alleviation and social services. He also appreciated the development assistance provided by Caritas.

Chancellor Gunawardena discussed closer cooperation between the two countries at the international level on environmental issues and challenges facing developing countries in the context of COVID-19.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs reported that the Government of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has taken immediate steps to simultaneously accredit the Ambassador of Sri Lanka in Geneva to the Holy See. Since 2018, there have been no Sri Lankan Ambassadors accredited to the Holy See.

The Ambassador thanked the Government for the decision to restore concurrent accreditation.

The Foreign Minister expressed the hope that a high-level exchange of visits between Sri Lanka and the Vatican could take place in the future.

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