“Just as the United States is proud to have been among the first nations to recognize an independent Ceylon in 1948, we remain proud to stand with Sri Lanka as a friend and partner today,” Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Ambassador Thomas Shannon remarked at the 70th independence day celebrations of the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington D.C. Ambassador Shannon, the third-highest-ranking official in the State Department, represented the U.S. government as the chief guest at the event.
Sri Lanka Consulate General in Shanghai celebrated the 70th anniversary of Sri Lanka’s Independence at the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference(CPPCC) hall on 4th February, with the participation of Chinese dignitaries, representatives of diplomatic corps, business, media, academia, Sri Lanka’s friends and a cross section of the Sri Lankan community living in Shanghai and the provinces of Zhejiang, Anhui and Jiangsu.
An exhibition of paintings by eminent Sri Lankan artist S.H. Sarath was opened at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on 6thFebruary 2018. The exhibition, organized by the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations, is one of the series of events organized by the Mission to celebrate the 70th anniversary of independence of Sri Lanka.
Tsegab Kebebew, Director General of Asia and Oceania Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia said that Ethiopia looks forward to have greater cooperation with Sri Lanka in the political, economic, tourism and cultural fields in the near future.
A Workshop to promote and highlight Sri Lanka’s amazing terrestrial and marine wildlife was organized by the Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Guangzhou on 7th February 2018 with renowned Sri Lankan Wildlife Celebrity Gehan de Silva Wijeyeratne as the Guest speaker.
Sri Lanka’s tourism has taken off to a healthy start in 2018 with January bringing in record arrivals. According to data released by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) yesterday, tourist arrivals in January amounted to a record 246,972, up by 12.6% from 219,306 in the corresponding month of 2017. In 2016, arrivals in January amounted to 194,208.
The 70th Anniversary of Sri Lanka’s Independence was celebrated at the Sri Lanka High Commissioner’s Official Residence in Canada in the presence of over 160 guests who braved a wintry afternoon to be present on the occasion.
Sri Lanka Tea Board in collaboration with the Sri Lankan Embassy in Russia in Moscow has organized a Sri Lanka's Ceylon Tea stand at the Food and Beverages International Exhibition PRODEXPO 2018 being held in Moscow from today. PRODEXPO 2018 Exhibition will be held until February 9.