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Representative Office of Sri Lanka in Palestine celebrates 69th Independence Day of Sri Lanka

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The 69th Independence Day of Sri Lanka was celebrated by the Representative Office of Sri Lanka in Palestine on 4th February 2017 at Grand Park Hotel in Ramallah. Representative Mr. M. Fawzan Anver presided the function. Hon. Mr. Ali Abu Diak, Minister of Justice of the Government of Palestine was the Chief Guest at this occasion.

Diplomats, High Officials from the President’s Office, Office of the Prime Minister and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Palestine, Representatives of Political Parties, members of the NGO’s organizations, Members of the Chamber of Commerce, Tea Importers, Travel Agents, Members of Palestine – Sri Lanka Friendship Society and well wishes graced the occasion. It is the first time a large number of invitees attended at the Independence Day celebration of Sri Lanka held in Palestine.

Function commenced with hoisting of National Flag, lighting of traditional Oil Lamp amidst the playing of ‘Magul Bera ‘ and followed by singing of the National Anthems of both countries. Then the religious observances were conducted.

Mr. Fawzan Anver, the Representative welcoming the gathering elaborated on the significance of the Independence Day. He also explained the development activities taking place in Sri Lanka including the remarkable achievements gained in economic, social and cultural activities under the leadership of H. E. President Maithripala Sirisena.

The Representative also highlighted the longstanding solidarity and friendship that exist between Sri Lanka and Palestine. He also recalled the support of the Government and the people of Sri Lanka to Palestine cause and for two State solutions on the basis of relevant UN resolutions. Finally the Representative thanked the Government and people of Palestine for their felicitations and greetings and for the contributions made by business community, travel agents, Palestine- Sri Lanka Friendship Association etc; to enhance the close relations between the two countries. The Representative also appreciated for consumption of Ceylon Tea in a large scale by Palestinians.

Independence Day messages of the President, Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs were read to the gathering.

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The Chief Guest – Mr. Ali Abu Diek , Minister of Justice in his remarks congratulated Sri Lanka on 69th anniversary of Independence and conveyed the greetings and best wishes of H.E. the President ,the Government and people of the State of Palestine to H.E. the President, the Government and the people of Sri Lanka. He also highlighted the continued support extended by the Government of Sri Lanka to the Palestinian cause which had been expressed in National and International ways. “Sri Lanka was one of the first countries to recognize the PLO and to open the PLO office in Sri Lanka in 1975. Sri Lanka also voted to the resolutions of granting Palestine as an observer status at the United  Nation’s General Assembly in 2012 and it also voted in 2015 for the decision of raising the Palestinian flag at the united Nations” the Minister further added.

Finally a unique feature at this function was the award of “ Lanka Pranama “ ( salutation of Sri Lanka ) to three Palestinians for promoting Trade and Tourism between Sri Lanka and Palestine

Information on Sri Lanka including development activities and opportunities in the trade , tourism and other economic spheres for the business community through electronic media also was disseminated during the event.

The function concluded with the refreshments.

All participants were gifted with pure Ceylon Tea in a special bag printed as “Pearl of Asia – Sri Lanka”.


Representative Office of Sri Lanka
Palestine

05.02.2017

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