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    Embassy in Paris celebrates the 69th Anniversary of Independence

    February 11, 2017

    Embassy of Sri Lanka in Paris celebrated the 69th Anniversary of the Independence on 4th February 2017 at Espace Saint Pierre in Paris with the participation of over 550 invitees from the Sri Lankan community representing all ethnicities.

    Staying true to the spirit of reconciliation, the national anthem was sung in both Sinhala and Tamil by two groups of students followed by a two minute silence for all Sri Lankans who have sacrificed their lives on behalf of the country. The traditional oil lamp was lit by Ambassador Tilak Ranaviraja and a group of children representing the four main ethnicities in Sri Lanka; Sinhala, Tamil, Muslim and Burgher. Religious dignitaries from all faiths invoked blessings on the President, Government and all Sri Lankans living all over the world and for durable peace in the country. As customary, the national day messages of President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and the Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera were read out by Ambassador Tilak Ranaviraja and members of the staff.


    Ambassador Ranaviraja in his remarks highlighted the importance of national unity for advancing meaningful reconciliation and economic development which are also the policy priorities of the Government. In this context, he invited the Sri Lankan community living in France to join in the development process of the country.


    Cultural performances featuring different dancing traditions of the country to display its rich cultural heritage made the event more vibrant.

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