To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the commencement of diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and Germany, the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Germany is organizing many events in Germany.
“The diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and Germany commenced in 1953 and from then Sri Lanka and Germany enjoy a longstanding friendship based on mutual understanding and cooperation. However, the harmonious relations between the two nations were severely tested when Sri Lanka established diplomatic relations with the GDR in 1961. The Government of Federal Republic of Germany led by Konrad Adenauer took Sri Lanka`s relationship with the GDR disapprovingly and delayed the capital donation programme to Sri Lanka. Now the time has proven that the decision of Sri Lanka to establish the relationship with the GDR was based on a right assessment because the two German states reunited and the present Chancellor, and the President of Germany are from the former GDR, although there is no division as such at all now,” the Ambassador for Sri Lanka Sarrath Kongahage said.
On the initiative of the Ambassador, the Embassy has organized a harpsichord performance, which was performed by the renowned Sri Lankan Bach specialist Prof. Preethi De Silva in collaboration with the University of Arts, Berlin at the Faculty of Music of the University of Arts, Berlin.
A large number of Germans interested in classical music, Sri Lankan expatriates, high-ranking officials from the German Foreign Ministry, students and the staff of the University of Arts, Berlin and the Embassy participated in the performance.