Independence Day of Sri Lanka

3 February 2013

Sri Lanka celebrates its Independence Day today, with parades, ceremonies, pageants, and other events sponsored by the government and private organizations.

Sri Lanka is famous for the production and export of tea, coffee, coconuts, rubber, and cinnamon. The natural beauty of Sri Lanka's tropical forests, beaches, and landscapes, as well as its rich natural heritage, make it a world-famous tourist destination.

Diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Sri Lanka started in 1951. Since then, the relations have been cordial and friendly, producing various bilateral agreements on trade, air transport, and cultural cooperation. The two countries have actively participated in a number of exhibitions and fairs promoting interaction in the economic field, trade, and tourism.

Sri Lanka is a member of various regional and international organizations such as the United Nations, South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, the Colombo Plan and the Asian Development Bank.

We congratulate the people and government of Sri Lanka led by Their Excellencies, President Mahinda Percy Rajapaksa, Prime Minister Dissanayake Mudiyanselage Jayaratne, Minister of Justice Rauff Hakeem, Minister of Culture and Aesthetic T.B. Ekanayake, and its Embassy in the Philippines, headed by H.E., Ambassador Nawalage Bennet Cooray, on the occasion of the 65th Anniversary of its independence. CONGRATULATIONS AND MABUHAY!