Wijeratne, who lives in the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo, renamed an orchid in the Dendrobium genus "Dendrobium Recep Tayyip Erdoğan" and had shipments of it sent under that name to England's Royal Horticultural Society. A gift of Dendrobium Recep Tayyip Erdoğan flowers will be sent to Prime Minister Erdoğan himself this mont i victims, she said: "I thought a great deal about how I could bestow a gift upon Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who visited our country, and the president of one of the first countries to aid us [in the aftermath of the tsunami], the country to provide the most aid. Our gift to Turkey, a richer and stronger nation, had to be something that would not be forgotten for eternity. I'm going to proudly present the flower to him." Wijeveratne said that 102 years after the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, President Gül, who invited a Sri Lankan president to his country, would also have a flower named after him.
Turkey's support for Sri Lanka, a country struggling with terrorism, at a meeting of the United Nations in New York played an important role in the development of relations between the two countries. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa visited Turkey with a delegation at the beginning of December.