Sri Lankan ambassador hosts reception to mark Independence Day

 09 Feb 2016 - 2:21

Sri Lankan ambassador hosts reception to mark Independence Day
Minister of Culture and Sports H E Salah bin Ghanem Al Ali (left); Assistant Foreign Minister H E Mohammed bin Abdullah bin Mutib Al Rumaihi (right) and Sri Lankan Ambassador Dr WM Karunadasa cut a cake to mark the occasion as Ibrahim Fakhroo, Director of Protocol at the Foreign Ministry, looks on. (Down) Students perform a traditional dance.

DOHA: Sri Lankan Ambassador Dr W M Karunadasa hosted a reception on Sunday for diplomats and other dignitaries to mark his country’s 68th Independence Day.
The reception at the Doha Sheraton was attended by Minister of Culture and Sports H E Salah bin Ghanem Al Ali; Assistant Foreign Minister H E Mohammed bin Abdullah bin Mutib Al Rumaihi, Director of Protocol Ibrahim Fakhroo and ambassadors of several countries and other guests.
The Ministers and the ambassador cut a cake to mark the occasion as Sri Lankan students performed their country’s traditional dances.
In his speech, Dr Karunadasa highlighted the emerging trends of political and economical platforms in Sri Lanka, thriving tourism industry and strong relationships between Qatar and Sri Lanka. 
“A favourable political and economical atmosphere is being created in Sri Lanka,” he said referring to the post-civil war era of the country. 
On bilateral relations, he said:  “Sri Lanka’s relations with Qatar date back to 1997 when the Sri Lankan embassy was opened in Doha.” 
He also highlighted the positive impact on relations by official visits by head of sates and ministers of both countries. 
He said: “Tourism is an industry and Sri Lanka is promoting it to potential visitors from around the world. Tourism is booming in the country.” 
Sri Lanka is one of the few places in the world offering traveller such a remarkable combination of stunning landscapes, pristine beaches, captivating cultural heritage and unique experiences within such a compact location. 
Daily three Qatar Airways return flights and one SriLankan return flight are available between Doha and Colombo as an added advantage for tourists keen to travel from Qatar to Sri Lanka, he added.
There are around 120,000 Sri Lankans employed in Qatar, including skilled and semi-skilled workers and professionals. 

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