President Maithripala Sirisena handed over 10 Na trees, which is the National Tree of Sri Lanka, to the Meditation Center situated in the Ouk Dong Mountain as a mark of friendship between Sri Lanka and Cambodia, today (10).
President Sirisena’s state visit to Cambodia is significant as the leader of a country enriched by Theravada Buddhism, in an environment where Sri Lanka is shouldering a important task under the his leadership to safeguard and promote the Theravada Buddhism, while attempting to make the noble Tripitaka as a world heritage.
During his visit the President also joined several programmes aimed at further strengthening the trade and commerce as well as religious relations between the two countries .
The handing over of Na trees is one of the major events conducted in this regard.
The Na tree is not found in Cambodia even though it is a major Buddhist country. The Cambodian Maha Sangha stated that with the donation of Na trees the Buddhist relations between the two countries will be further strengthened.
The Maha Sangha also pointed out that the Buddhist religious relationship between Cambodia and Sri Lanka extends dates back many years, and President Maithripala Sirisena’s name will be written in the history as a leader who works towards the consolidation of Buddhist relations between the two countries.