via Colombo Gazette, 24 August 2023: A Dutch cultural delegation led by Gunay Uslu, State Secretary for Culture and Media in the Netherlands, will visit Sri Lanka from August 27th to 31st to sign a legal document transferring ownership of cultural artifacts, including items like Lewke’s cannon and ceremonial swords, back to Sri Lanka. The State Secretary will meet with Sri Lankan officials, mark the transfer at the Ministry of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs, and give a public lecture on August 29th.
The visiting State Secretary is expected to meet with the senior officials of the Sri Lankan government to mark this historic moment. Legal transfer of ownership will be signed at the Ministry of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs of Sri Lanka on Monday 28th August 2023. The delegation will visit few places with religious and Dutch historic value in Sri Lanka.
There will also be a public lecture conducted by the State Secretary on 29th August at 4 pm at the Auditorium of the Department of National Archives of Sri Lanka. (Attendance on pre-registration only!)