COLOMBO, Oct. 11 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka's government has decided to establish a Consulate General in Melbourne, Australia to provide services to the largest diaspora community in that country, an official said here on Thursday.
The proposal was made by External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris, for the establishment of a Consulate General in Melbourne which would cover the States of Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania.
The Australian government has already agreed to the proposal and it was in turn approved by the Sri Lankan Cabinet, Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella told reporters.
"The decision was made at the recent Cabinet meeting," he said.
Melbourne has the largest Sri Lankan community concentration in Australia with a presence of 80,000 to 100 000.
They are engaged in multiple fields including employment, education, trade and investment.