On February 28, 2019, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka to the Russian Federation H. E. Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka paid a visit to his Serbian counterpart, Ambassador H. E. Slavenko Terzić.
Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka had an extensive conversation with Serbian ambassador Slavenko Terzić, Doctor of History, Principal Researcher and Corresponding Member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Director of the Institute of History of SASA, who authored about 240 publications in Serbian, Russian, English, French and German languages on the history of South-Eastern Europe and policies of global power states towards the region. As Chairman of the International Scholars’ Committee, he organized a series of annual conferences in the framework of the Meeting of Civilizations in the Balkans, which gathered a number of prominent scholars and historians from Europe, Russia and other countries.
The Ambassadors share a common interest in history and political science, both having their background in the academic circles, where they have common friends from the international academic community. The discussion of the new architecture of the political, economic and social international cooperation between sovereign states in Europe and globally proved to be very substantive, and was held in a warm atmosphere of genuine friendship.
Both parties expressed their hope that this visit of Ambassador Jayatilleka will be just the first one, paving the way for many more meetings of the Ambassadors in the future, and creating the opportunities for closer cooperation between their countries. Dr. Slavenko Terzić mentioned that during the recent Prodexpo exhibition in Moscow, there was some interest of business companies to develop trade between Sri Lanka and Serbia, exporting Serbian apples and Sri Lankan tea.