Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Indonesia Admiral Professor Jayanath Colombage paid a courtesy call
on Minister of Home Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia Muhammad Tito Karnavian, on 02 May 2023.
The Minister and the Ambassador had a cordial dialogue on the areas and opportunities available between
two countries for trade, export, tourism, Maritime Security and police cooperation. The minister
highlighted that the Indonesian National Police is more concerned about the training in riot control and
the effectiveness of that experience in maintaining law and order in the country and shared some of his
experiences during his period as the Chief of the National Police of Indonesia prior to being appointed as
the Minister of Home affairs in 2019.
Ambassador Colombage stated about Sri Lanka’s growing interest in ASEAN, ASEAN Regional Forum
ASEAN Outlook on Indo- Pacific and the recent Indonesian initiative of ASEAN Maritime Outlook
which is going to be a key area of discussion in the upcoming ASEAN Summit under the chairmanship of
Indonesia in 2023.
While expressing concerns on the current economic challenges faced by the Government of Sri Lanka the
minister expressed that the government of Indonesia is impressed by the way Sri Lanka is addressing the
key issues and recovering from the financial crisis and economic hardships.
The Minister also explained about the government’s plan to shift the Capital City to Kalimantan in
Borneo Island while Jakarta remains as an Economic Hub of the country.
The Minister of Home Affairs instructed the Secretary General of the Ministry to work closely with the
Embassy in order to strengthen bilateral relations.