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Cuba attends opening of museum in Sri Lanka

Colombo, Apr 7 (Prensa Latina) Cuba's Ambassador to Sri Lanka Andres Gonzalez attended on Sunday the opening of the Cinnamon Museum, which highlights the nation's role as the main exporter of the species in the world, diplomatic sources informed on Sunday.

The opening ceremony of the museum took place in the cinnamon plantation located in Mirissa Hills near Weligama in the southern province of Sri Lanka, and was presided over by Harin Fernando, minister of Tourism, Youth and Sports, the Cuban Embassy in Colombo revealed.

In the activity, arranged by Miles Young, president of Mirissa Hills, and Malinga Herman Gunaratne, owner of the Herman Teas Company, Fernando celebrated the initiative, the first of its kind worldwide, according to the diplomatic legation.

Afterwards, the visitors, including Ambassador Gonzalez and Maribel Duarte, first secretary of the Cuban Embassy, toured the museum, which further shows the role of cinnamon in the history of humanity, and the role it has played in different economies throughout history, the source stood out.

Sri Lanka’s Ceylon cinnamon, a variety of the plant that has left a mark on the culinary world, has deep historical and economic significance for the nation.

In 2022, according to Trend Economy, the export value of that spice in Sri Lanka totaled USD$232 million, stressing its importance in the country’s export economy.

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