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Independence Day - 2018

Embassy of Sri Lanka in Jordan Hosts Two Receptions to mark the 70th Anniversary of Independence of Sri Lanka


Embassy of Sri Lanka in Amman hosted the official function to mark the 70th National Day of Sri Lanka on 4 February 2018 at the Official Residence of the Ambassador.

Commencing the solemn event to mark the National Day, Sri Lanka's Ambassador to Jordan A.L.M Lafeer hoisted the National Flag to the resonance of the traditional conch-shell (Hakgediya) played by the members of the Channa-Upuli Performing Arts Foundation headed by globally acclaimed dancing virtuoso Channa Wijewardena. Hoisting of the National Flag was followed by the singing of the Sri Lankan National Anthem in Sinhala and Tamil languages by everyone present.

Participants observed two minutes of silence in remembrance of those who sacrificed their lives for the motherland. Lighting of the traditional oil lamp was followed by multi-religious observances. The staff of the Embassy read out messages of the President, Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs in Sinhala, Tamil and English.

Addressing the gathering, Ambassador Lafeer reiterated the importance of being united as a country leaving aside whatever the differences there maybe for the betterment of the motherland.

Everyone present was invited to traditional Sri Lankan sweetmeats and tea. About 200 members of the Sri Lankan community in Jordan participated in the National Day event.

In the evening, the Embassy hosted another reception to mark the 70th National Day of Sri Lanka at the Four Seasons Hotel in Amman. Her Royal Highness Princess Basma bint Talal, sister of King Hussein and paternal aunt of the current king, King Abdullah II, graced the event as the chief guest. The reception was further embellished by the performances by the members of the Channa-Upuli Performing Arts Foundation.

Ambassador Lafeer elaborated on the reformative projects that the Sri Lankan Government has embarked upon in the areas of good governance and promotion of inter-ethnic reconciliation. The Ambassador went on to describe what Sri Lanka has to offer as a glamorous tourist destination.

Her Royal Highness Princess Basma, addressing the gathering remarked on the performances and specially commented on the kind-heartedness of Sri Lankans. The Princess stated that she was very happy to be part of the event.

Heads of Mission, representatives of various organisations, Jordanian government officials, media, members of the Sri Lankan community, and the Embassy staff participated in the event.

The invitees were hosted to a dinner, which consisted of Sri Lankan cuisine and other international dishes. A Sri Lankan chef had been specially flown in for this purpose.


Embassy of Sri Lanka


01st March 2018






Sri Lanka’s 70th Independence Day Celebrations in Saudi Arabia


The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Riyadh celebrated the 70th Independence Day of Sri Lanka on 04 February 2018 at the Embassy premises. Members of the Sri Lankan community living in Riyadh and the staff of the Embassy took part in the celebrations. The ceremony included, hoisting of the National flag by the Ambassador, singing of the National anthem in Sinhala & Tamil Languages, observance of a two minute silence in honour of national heroes, multi faith observances, and reading of the Independence Day messages of HE the President, Hon. Prime Minister and Hon. Minister of Foreign Affairs. Newspaper supplements to mark the 70th anniversary of the Independence were published in Arabic paper, the “Al Jazira” and the “Arab news”, English daily.

The Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Jeddah and the Sri Lankan International School in Riyadh celebrated the Independence Day on 04 February 2018 while the Sri Lankan Community in Eastern Province/ Dammam celebrated the 70th Independence Day on 02 February 2018.

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Riyadh also hosted a special reception to mark the 70th anniversary of Sri Lanka’s Independence on 27 February 2018 at the Thuwaiq Palace in Diplomatic Quarter in Riyadh, under the auspicious of Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Azmi Thassim.

This gala event, attended by well over 400 invitees included the members of the diplomatic corps representing many countries, Saudi government representatives, business leaders, and professionals both from Saudi Arabia and Sri Lanka. Governor of Riyadh HRH Prince Faisal Bin Bandar Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud was the Chief Guest of the reception.

The event started with the singing of the National Anthems of both countries, followed by a brief speech by Ambassador Thassim explaining Sri Lanka’s trade, investment, tourism and skilled labor potentials.

At the event, Sri Lanka was promoted through a number of diverse activities such as Sri Lankan Cultural performance, display of Sri Lanka’s tourist attractions, branding and catalogue display, raffle draw to make awareness about Sri Lanka, promotion of Sri Lankan authentic and traditional foods, Ceylon Tea tasting corner and display of Sri Lanka tourism promotion videos.

A significant feature of the event was the launching of a special book containing articles on the promotion of economic diplomacy, covering bilateral trade, tourism, skilled labour and investment potential in both countries.

The participation of the Chief Guest was appreciated by offering him a gem- embedded map of Sri Lanka portraying famous gem stones of Sri Lanka and a traditional silver plated casket carrying a special message to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud. All other participants were offered elephant souvenirs with packets of Ceylon tea, copies of the special book, tourism material and leaflets on Sri Lanka exports, as a token of appreciation.  

Academy of Designing of Sri Lanka and Sri Lankan Airlines participated in with information desks adding more value to the event. A photo booth was available for the participants to make their visit to the Sri Lankan Independence Day Celebrations 2018 memorable by taking a photo in printable format.

Embassy of Sri Lanka

08 March 2018




















The Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Mumbai organised a Sri Lanka Evening to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Independence Day on 14 February 2018 at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mumbai.

The evening commenced with the National Anthems and lighting of the traditional oil lamp.

Over 500 guests, including the Diplomatic community, Government dignitaries, Captains of industry, Sri Lankan community in the states of Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa, and members of the Sri Lanka armed forces undergoing training in India participated in the evening reception.

Mr Sumit Mullick, Chief Secretary of Maharashtra was the chief guest and Mr Rajkumar Hirani, the most successful Bollywood director was the guest of honour.

The guests at the reception were entertained by Captain Damian Fernando, Ranaviru Real Star title winner who also sang the Indian and Sri Lankan national anthems.

The reception was followed by a buffet of Sri Lankan cuisine.

The evening was sponsored by the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau, Brandix Lanka Pvt Ltd, Euro-Scan Exports (Private) Limited (Mlesna Tea), SriLankan Airlines, Lion Brewery (Ceylon) PLC, Ceylon Cold Stores PLC, BoardPAC (Private) Limited, and the Upali Group of Companies.


Consulate General of Sri Lanka

Mumbai, India

05th March 2018





70th National Day celebrations in The Netherlands



The National Day, marking the 70th anniversary of the independence of Sri Lanka was celebrated at the new premises of the Embassy on Sunday, 4 February 2018 in The Hague amidst the presence of over 120 members of the Sri Lankan community and Dutch well-wishers, who turned out for this open house event.


The programme commenced with hoisting of the National Flag by the Ambassador of Sri Lanka, H.E. Mr. A.M.J. Sadiq, which was followed by the singing of the national anthem in Sinhala and Tamil. Thereafter, two minutes silence was observed in memory of all Sri Lankans who had laid down their lives in the defence of the motherland.


Symbolising the ethnic and religious diversity of the country, four children of Sri Lankan origin in The Netherlands, representing the Sinhalese, Tamil, Muslim, Dutch Burgher communities participated in the lighting of the ceremonial oil lamp. Religious dignitaries representing Buddhist, Hindu, Islamic and Christian faiths invoked blessings on the nation and the people of Sri Lanka on this auspicous occasion. National Day messages of President Maithripala Sirisena in Sinhala, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in Tamil and Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana in English were read by members of the staff, following which Ambassador Sadiq made a brief speech to the assembled gathering. The Ambassador highlighted the progress and significant achievements of the country over the last seven decades since gaining independence from colonial rule. He urged the members of the Sri Lankan community to support the efforts of the Embassy to promote and enhance the existing warm and friendly relations between Sri Lanka and The Netherlands.


An evening diplomatic reception was held last Tuesday, 27 February 2018 to mark the National Day at the Embassy.   Despite the freezing and inclement weather conditions, more than 150 invited guests, including over 50 Ambassadors and Chargés d’ Affaires, as well as Heads of international organizations, including the Director General of the OPCW, Judges of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), and International Criminal Court (ICC), representatives of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), and the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP), prominent members of Dutch society attended this gala reception.


The programme commenced with the playing of the national anthems of The Netherlands and Sri Lanka followed by the lighting of the ceremonial oil lamp, led by the Chief Guest, His Excellency Jaap Smit, His Majesty the King’s Commissioner for South Holland and Dr. Bernard Bot, former Dutch Foreign Minister and Chairman of the Carnegie Foundation. The Ambassador of Cameroon in her capacity as the Acting Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, the Ambassador of Oman, representing the Asian & Oceania Group of Ambassadors, the Ambassador of Armenia, representing the European Group of Ambassadors, the Ambassador of Morocco, representing the African Group of Ambassadors and the Ambassador of Bangladesh, representing SAARC Ambassadors, as well as the Director General of the OPCW, Ahmet Üzümcü and two former Dutch Ambassadors to Sri Lanka, Mr. Bastiaan Korner and Mr. Hein Princen also joined in lighting the oil lamp.


Addressing the distinguished audience, Ambassador Sadiq spoke of the warm and friendly relations between Sri Lanka and The Netherlands, dating back to the foundation of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) in the early part of the 17th century and the establishment of Dutch rule in the maritime provinces of the island 360 years ago in 1658, following the defeat of the erstwhile Portuguese rulers. The Ambassador highlighted some of the positive elements of the Dutch period in Sri Lanka, including the development of the canal system as a means of transport for the spices and coconut, whose cultivation the Dutch had organized systematically into plantations. He pointed out that the Dutch also introduced the Roman Dutch Law which continues to this day as the Common Law of Sri Lanka. Ambassador Sadiq also noted that the small, but vibrant Dutch Burgher community continues to play a significant role in contemporary Sri Lankan society through their contribution to art and architecture and to the scientifc, literary and legal fields.


Following, a video song presentation entitled “Sri Lanka - land of my dreams” by the Australian singer, Gary Ellis, a presentation of a diplomatic tour to Sri Lanka, jointly organized by the Embassy and Aitken Spence Travels in late April/early May this year was made, which drew widespread interest among the guests. The evening programme concluded with a lively dance performance by an accomplished classical dancer of Sri Lankan origin, Miss. Thoori Balakrishnan which enthralled the audience. Guests were presented with gift bags containing Ceylon tea provided by Aitken Spence and tourist brochures, souvenirs and the tour itinerary to Sri Lanka.


Embassy of Sri Lanka,

The Hague,

The Netherlands           

2nd March 2018






A twelve-member business delegation, comprising of more than ten Sri Lankan companies in the fields of trade, investment and tourism which was led by the State Minister of Foreign Affairs, Vasantha Senanayake visited Warsaw, Poland from 15th to 17th February 2018.


The visit was organized and coordinated by the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Warsaw in association with the Sri Lanka Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Export Development Board. This delegation was the single largest Sri Lankan business delegation to ever have visited Poland, paving the way for Poland and Sri Lanka to enhance commercial ties.


On February 15th, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland organized a familiarization tour (FAM) for the Sri Lankan business delegation. The group visited the Ptak Warsaw Expo and the Mazovia Voivodeship office. The Warsaw Expo is the largest International Exhibition and Conference Center in Poland and Central and Eastern Europe. It is dedicated to organizing fairs, congresses, conferences and commercial events. The delegation also attended a business seminar and presentation, organized by the Mazovia Voivodeship office for Investment and Export, where they learned about business opportunities and methods of conducting business in Poland.


On February 16th, the Sri Lankan delegation participated in the Business Forum, organized by the Polish Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Warsaw.


Guests of the event included the Sri Lankan State Minister of Foreign Affairs Vasantha Senanayake, representatives from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Investment and Economy Development, Enterprise and Technology, State Secretary of Foreign Affairs Ms. Grace Asirwatham, Sri Lankan Ambassador in Warsaw Tissa Wijeratne, Vice President of the Polish Chamber of Commerce Mr. Marek Kłoczko, and business communities of the two countries, including representatives from more than 40 Polish companies.


The forum was moderated by Ambassador Jerzy Drozdz, Director of the Foreign Relations Department of the Polish Chamber of Commerce.  On this day, the State Minister of Foreign Affairs spoke of the liberalization of the Sri Lankan economy and open policies created by the Sri Lankan government for foreign investors. He also invited businesses to increase the potential for economic and trade relations between Poland and Sri Lanka.


In his speech, Mr. Marek Kioczko, Vice President of the Polish Chamber of Commerce, introduced Sri Lanka as “a country that gives us a feeling of closeness to Poland, and Polish economic development strategies will create a powerful combination for new growth opportunities for both countries.”


The speeches of the other participants were dedicated to the Sri Lanka–Polish cooperation in the spheres of trade, construction, infrastructure, agriculture, green energy and machine-building and additionally to improve existing trade between the two countries and tap into the vast potential and opportunities that exist in many other fields including tourism. After the panels, the Sri Lankan business delegation had the opportunity to hold B2B meetings.


On February 16th, the Embassy of Sri Lanka organized a Sri Lanka-Poland business promotional event at the Embassy premises titled "Discovering business opportunities in Sri Lanka", with the support of the Polish-Asia Chamber of Commerce, the Polish–India Chamber of Commerce and the Polish business community. More than 80 representatives from Sri Lankan and Polish business organizations attended the event.


The State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign affairs, Ms. Asirwatham, gave a detailed presentation on the opportunities for trade, investment, and tourism in Sri Lanka.  The participants were briefed on the latest economic developments in Sri Lanka. Ambassador Wijeratne spoke about the rapidly growing cooperation between Sri Lanka and Poland in the areas of trade, agriculture, and food industry and about the opportunities for trade and investment in both countries.


He also reported on the growth of trade between Poland and Sri Lanka, including an increase in total trade (USD 130 million) by 39% in 2016, an increase in Polish exports to Sri Lanka by 32% and an increase in Sri Lankan exports to Poland by 10% compared to the previous year.


Mr. Anura Siriwardena, Director General of the Sri Lanka Tea Board, made a presentation on “Sri Lanka Tea Industry – A success story”. The Presidents of the Polish–Asia Chamber of Commerce and Polish–India Chamber of Commerce and other business leaders focused on the importance of seeking new opportunities and identifying areas of growth to enhance the Poland-Sri Lanka business cooperation.


The Polish–Sri Lanka Business Association was also launched by a group of Polish and Sri Lankan businessman and professionals in order to promote business interests between the two countries. At the conclusion of the event, the Sri Lankan business delegation had the opportunity to hold B2B meetings with many Polish companies.



Embassy of Sri Lanka



February 20, 2018




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