(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –Ambassador of Germany to Sri Lanka Joern Rohde has visited the central hill capital of Kandy recently and met with the Chief Prelate of the Malwatta Chapter, Most Venerable Thibbatuwawe Sri Siddhartha Sumangala and Chief Minister of the Central Province, Sarath Ekanayake.
In a Facebook post the Ambassador said during the meetings they discussed how a reoccurrence of unrests such as the ones in Digana can be prevented in the future.
Both the Chief Prelate and the Chief Minister have stressed the importance of living together in peace, reminding of how Kandy is known for being a “City of Peace”, which despite its diversity has not seen communal unrest in the past, Ambassador Rohde noted.
The Ambassador also has addressed the topic of infrastructure development with the Chief Minister, who shared his vision for the Central Province and was optimistic that with the completion of the expressway and other measures planned, Kandy’s traffic problem will soon be solved and the city will thrive.
While in Kandy Ambassador Rohde has also visited the Centre for Handicapped in Kundasale. The Centre had received a grant of Rs. 1.4 million as part of the Embassy’s Micro Project Scheme, with which 58 prosthetic limbs were provided to women in need all over the country. With the provision of the limbs and physiotherapy sessions for the beneficiaries, as well as the execution of two workshops on personal development and vocational training, the project has come to a successful conclusion.
“The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany wishes the Centre for Handicapped all the best in its future endeavors,” Ambassador Rhode noted in his post.