Afghanistan seeks Sri Lanka’s expertise in gem and jewellery industry

Lohan Ratwatte, State Minister of Gem and Jewelry Related Industries with M. Ashraf Haidari, Afghan Ambassador in Sri Lanka.

Afghanistan is keen to obtain Sri Lanka’s expertise in the gem and jewellery industry, according to the Afghan Ambassador to Colombo.

Ambassador M. Ashraf Haidari has met with Sri Lanka’s State Minister of Gem and Jewelry Related Industries, Lohan Ratwatte and discussed many potential areas of cooperation in this sector where Afghanistan needs Sri Lanka’s expertise and experience in extracting, processing, designing, and marketing precious and semi-precious stones, an Embassy statement said.

The Minister has offered to visit Afghanistan and meet his counterpart Minister Haroon Chakhansuri as soon as travel restrictions have been eased.

The Afghan envoy and State Minister also discussed the launching of a weekly Kabul-Colombo flight, which almost materialized before the pandemic hit.