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Estonia Opens Honorary Consulate in Sri Lanka

25.02.2011

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On Thursday, 24 February, Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Lauri Bambus opened the Estonian Honorary Consulate in Sri Lanka. Estonia’s new honorary consul is Dudley Francis Suthanthiranayagam Thambinayagam. During the opening of the honorary consulate the 93rd anniversary of the Republic of Estonia was also celebrated.

At the opening of Estonia’s new honorary consulate and the celebration of Estonia’s 93rd anniversary, Undersecretary Lauri Bambus emphasised the important role honorary consuls have played in Estonia’s history. “After Estonia declared its independence and in the period between the two world wars, Estonian honorary consuls helped to promote Estonia’s interests abroad,” Lauri Bambus emphasised.

Bambus added that expanding the network of honorary consuls is also very important to Estonia today, since honorary consuls play an essential role in strengthening ties between nations in the areas of economy, culture, education and tourism. “When necessary, honorary consuls also provide consular aid to Estonian citizens,” Undersecretary Bambus added. Estonia has 139 honorary consuls in 62 nations. 

The honorary consulate is located at the address Office 100, Lake Drive, Colombo 08, Sri Lanka. The honorary consul can be reached by phone at + 94 112 2683504/5; 2683604; 2683445; 2687445 and faxes can be sent to + 94 112 684080; 2689956 or emails to dudleyt@sltnet.lk.

Dudley F. S. Thambinayagam was born in Sri Lanka in 1948. Honorary Consul Thambinayagam is a respected businessman who has worked in international trade for nearly 40 years and is the founder of Jupiter Trading Co and Jupiter Trading Group, which brings together many different businesses. He is also the member of many societies and charity organisations.

 


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