Honorable Prof. Gamini Lakshman Peiris,
Minister of External Affairs;
Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen;
Honorable, thank you for allowing me to take
this auspicious moment to do the symbolic gesture of handing over a Buddha
Statue. I feel honored to represent the Government of Indonesia in handing over
the Statue to you, Honorable, for the Government of Sri Lanka.
This Statue is a present from the Indonesian
Buddhist community for the Sri Lankan people. It is made of lava stone weighing
approximately 700 kilograms.
The Statue is one of the best carving artworks
of Indonesian artists from Magelang District, Indonesia, close to the renowned
Borobudur Temple. The District is famous for its excellent stone and wood
carving artworks, exported worldwide.
Ladies and gentlemen;
People-to-people contact between Indonesia
and Sri Lanka has established centuries ago. It began with the spread of Buddhism
to the Archipelago in the 6th century, to the early years of
independence in 1950s and up to this day.
The Statue represents our fervent wish for celebrating
and upholding the long lasting cordial relation between the Indonesian and Sri
And also we hope that the Statue will remind
you of your fellow friends in Indonesia in your heart and every prayer, every