The 73rd Independence Day of Sri Lanka was celebrated by the staff of the Sri Lankan embassy at the chancery premises in Doha on Thursday. The events of the day commenced with the hoisting of national flag and the singing of national anthem followed by two minutes silence in remembrance of the patriots who sacrificed their lives to preserve and protect the freedom, unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity of the motherland. Thereafter, multi-religious observances were conducted by religious dignitaries representing Buddhist, Hindu, Islam and Catholic faiths.
Independence Day messages of the Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunewardena were read out in Sinhala and Tamil by the staff members of the mission. Speaking at the occasion, ambassador-designate M Mafaz Mohideen highlighted the sentiments expressed by Srilankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the National Independence Day ceremony on the National Policy Framework of the Government “Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour”. Speaking further the ambassador-designate emphasised the friendly relations between Sri Lanka and Qatar and expressed the hope that these ties would be strengthened in the years ahead particularly in political, trade and other fields.
The ceremony was concluded with the serving of traditional Sri Lankan delicacies and refreshments.