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Sri Lanka, the former Pearl of the Indian Ocean, is out to reclaim its moniker by rebuilding a country ravaged by war and terrorist attacks. For 26 years, the country suffered a civil war that ended in 2009 with many questions to be answered later this year, Korea Herald website reported.
In the meantime, Sri Lanka's Minister of External Affairs Gamini Lakshman Peiris was in Seoul last week as part of a three-fold mission.
"One was to bring to notice the opportunities available in Sri Lanka after the end of hostilities," he told The Korea Herald.
In the early 1980s, Korea was the largest investor in Sri Lanka, occupying a separate free trade zone exclusively for Korean investors but as the civil war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam intensified, investments and trade dried up.
"But now that the situation is totally stable and there has not been a single incident since the military defeat of the LTTE in May 2009, it seems to us appropriate to try and stimulate and rekindle interest for Korean investors," Peiris said.