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Embassy of Sri Lanka in Jordan celebrates the 69th National Day in Amman

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Embassy of Sri Lanka in Jordan celebrates the 69th National Day of Sri Lanka on the 4th of February 2017 at the Official Residence of the Ambassador

A number of Sri Lankans from all walks of life participated at this event. The ceremony commenced with hoisting the National flag by H.E. the Ambassador Lafeer to the resonance of traditional Conch-shell followed by the National Anthem sung live in Sinhala and Tamil languages by the participants.

Participants observed two minutes silence in remembrance of all who have sacrificed their lives for the nation. The religious observances in Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Christianity were conducted by the relevant religious priests after the lighting of traditional oil lamp.

The messages from H.E. the President, Hon. Prime minister and Hon. Minister of Foreign Affairs were also read out to the audience. Also the copies of the same messages were distributed among the participants as well.

Addressing the gathering, Ambassador briefed the audience about the essential steps the national government has taken towards attaining the heights of development, peace and prosperity in Sri Lanka.

The Ambassador also reiterated on the importance of being united as Sri Lankans, leaving aside whatever the differences may be, for the betterment of our motherland. Ambassador concluded his brief remarks with the quote “unite to stand divide be fall”.

The embassy also hosted a reception on the 5th February evening at the Grand Hyatt hotel in Amman. Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, H.E. Madame Lina Mazhar Annab graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. A number of diplomatic corps based in Amman, Jordan businessmen, bureaucrats, media personnel, members of Sri Lankan embassy and a fair number of other Sri Lankans based in Jordan had been invited to the event.

Gajaga Vannama, a very animated type of Kandyan dance and a customary Kandyan welcoming dance, performed by professional dancers and drummers who were especially flown from Sri Lanka for this occasion, were applauded as very lively and entertaining. Rhythmic sounds of the drums infused with the dances by Sri Lankans with eye catching costumes mesmerized everyone present.

Ambassador Lafeer in his speech elaborated on the reformative projects the Government of Sri Lanka has embarked upon particularly, in the areas of development, of good governance and promotion of ethnic integration and reconciliation which has resulted in regaining goodwill of international community and support within a short span of time. He also made a note on the historical ties between Sri Lanka and Middle East which is more than three millenniums. Ambassador Lafeer requested the Jordan investors and business persons to visit Sri Lanka and explore themselves towards Sri Lanka offers for investors and traders.

Ambassador also went to describe what Sri Lanka offers as a glamorous destination for Jordanian tourists. He also highlighted the contribution which is being made by the Sri Lankan migrant workers in Jordan to the Sri Lankan economy.

The guests were hosted to not only for a diner, but also, gifted with a pack of high quality Ceylon tea. (ENDS)



Embassy of Sri Lanka
Jordan


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