The people of Sri Lanka celebrated Saturday their 69th Independence Day commemorating the day the country achieved political independence from the British in 1948. This day is celebrated all over the country through cultural performances, exquisite parades and flag-hoisting ceremonies. The President of Sri Lanka annually delivers a speech to remember not only the country’s hard-fought independence but also Sri Lanka’s rich national history.
Sri Lanka, formerly known as Ceylon, is an Asian country located near the south-eastern part of India. Recognized as a multicultural country, it is home to various ethnic groups such as the Indian Tamils, Malays, Kaffirs, and the aboriginal Veddas. Sri Lanka’s political landscape was mired by internal conflicts such as the country’s recent war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Although there are a few political issues that the government of Sri Lanka needs to fix, the country’s cultural essence remains rich, intact, and welcoming. This is one of the many reasons Sri Lanka is considered as one of the best travel destinations in South Asia.
The Philippines shares with Sri Lanka such values as democracy, peace, and social progress. The two countries have supported each other in economic partnership, education, agriculture, tourism, and knowledge sharing. Last year, Sri Lanka and the Philippines celebrated 55 years of diplomatic relations.
We congratulate the people and the government of Sri Lanka led by President Maithripala Sirisena, and Prime Minister Ranil Wickkremesinghe on the occasion of their country’s Independence Day.