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Sri Lanka marks Independence Day today

3 Feb 2021

On the occasion of the 73rd Independence Day of Sri Lanka on February 4, Omar Lebbe Ameer Ajwad, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the sultanate, has issued a message. While greeting his countrymen, the Sri Lankan envoy also touched on his country’s relations with Oman.

The full message is as follows:

Today, Sri Lanka celebrates the 73rd anniversary of her Independence. I wish to extend my warmest greetings and felicitations to all Sri Lankans living in the Sultanate of Oman and back home on this special occasion. 

The 73rd anniversary is a significant occasion in our bilateral relations with the Sultanate of Oman as it coincides with the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and the Sultanate of Oman which falls on  February 17, 2021. We are planning to organise a series of events to celebrate this historic occasion throughout the year.

I firmly believe that this remarkable year will serve as a catalyst to further elevate bilateral relations between Sri Lanka and the Sultanate of Oman to new heights in the years ahead. 

Sri Lanka has embarked on a journey and adopted policies that focus on socio-economic growth. The vision of Gotabaya Rajapaksa, President of Sri Lanka, ‘Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour’, is a clear roadmap to march towards a prosperous Sri Lanka. Oman’s Vision 2040 engineered by His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik, is a blueprint for the sultanate’s future socio-economic development. I believe that these two visions offer enormous opportunities for partnership and collaboration between the two countries, particularly in the economic diversification drive for the mutual benefit of the two peoples. 

People to people contact is the bedrock of the relations between Sri Lanka and the sultanate. A vibrant Sri Lankan community in Oman has been an important component in our bilateral relations and it has been playing a significant role in furthering the relations. 

I wish to thank the government and the people of Oman for extending their warm hospitality to the Sri Lankan community in Oman who had the opportunity to contribute towards the sultanate’s progress for last five decades under the Blessed Renaissance spearheaded by the visionary leadership of Late His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said.

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