Ambassador H.E. Godfrey Cooray Presents Credentials to His Majesty the King Harald V

22-06-2020

The newly appointed Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the Kingdom of Norway, H.E. Godfrey Cooray presented the Letters of Credence to His Majesty King Harald V on 22 June 2020 at the Royal Palace in Oslo, Norway. The Ambassador was received in the Royal audience by His Majesty King Harald V following the submission of Credentials.

During the Royal audience His Majesty had given a warm welcome to the Sri Lanka Ambassador. The Ambassador conveyed the warm greetings from His Excellency Gotabaya Rajapaksa, President of the Democratic The Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka for the good health and happiness of His Majesty the King and for peace, prosperity and happiness of the people of the Kingdom of Norway. Further Ambassador Cooray briefed on the prevailing situation in Sri Lanka following the pandemic Covid-19 and highlighted that the President of Sri Lanka has taken all possible means and methods to control the situation.

Ambassador Cooray pointed out His Majesty the King that the technology and the expertise knowledge related to the fisheries sector in Norway is the best in the world. As both countries are surrounded by the ocean, he has emphasized the requirement of the expertise knowledge were with modern technology for the development of the fisheries sector in Sri Lanka. His Majesty has given an undertaking that he will also inform the Minister of Fisheries in Norway to take necessary steps to share the expert knowledge and assist towards Sri Lanka fisheries sector.

There had been discussion by and between His Majesty and it was revealed that Norway is one of the wealthiest countries in the world due to oil and gas exploration. Ambassador Cooray has informed that the Norwegian Government in the past had implemented oil exploration in Sri Lanka which has been resulted to a certain extent in Pesale and Thalaimannar area. Ambassador had humbly requested the H.M. King to have a deep study with the expertise knowledge in Norwegian petroleum and gas expertise.

While expressing the privilege to receive the Royal audience, Ambassador Godfrey Cooray has humbly requested H.M. King Harald V to visit Sri Lanka as proposed by the His Excellency Gotabaya Rajapaksa, President of Sri Lanka.

Ambassador Godfrey Cooray has been enrolled to the Bar as an Attorney-at-Law in the year 1979. He is a leading senior lawyer with an extensive practice of 40 years and successful criminal and civil senior Counsel.

Further, the Ambassador is a former Council Member for the governing council of the National Institute of Social Development Ministry of Social Services and former Chairman of International Relations Committee of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) in year 2010.

Ambassador Cooray also held a position as the President of ‘Habitat for Humanity’ Sri Lanka and Senior Consultant to the Executive Advisory Board of National Office of Catholic Social Communication in Sri Lanka from the year 2018 to current.