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.