Regional Manager Southeast Asia of the Sri Lankan Airlines, Mohan Meegolla said Sri Lanka can commence charter flights from mid-2021 at a meeting organized by the Foreign Ministry. The meeting was chaired by the Foreign Secretary Admiral Prof, Jayanath Colombage, to discuss the possibility of establishing air connectivity with Myanmar. Participating at the meeting virtually, Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Myanmar Prof. Nalin De Silva, said that air connectivity between Sri Lanka and Myanmar has been discussed for a long time, due to the significant Buddhist cultural connectivity between both countries. He further stated that around 300 Buddhist monks are presently studying in Sri Lanka and there are many Sri Lankan monks and delegations visiting Myanmar for meditation and other religious purposes. He further said that there is immense potential for medical tourism from Myanmar. Assistant Director of the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau, Jeevana Fernando said this as an excellent initiative as Sri Lanka looks forward to welcome Buddhist tourists to the country. The Foreign Secretary emphasized that Myanmar is one of Sri Lanka’s closest maritime neighbours and there is huge potential to enhance trade links.
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