Commemoration of 68th anniversary of Independence Day - 04th February 2016
On the 04th February 2016, the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Yangon celebrated 68th Anniversary of Independence Day with an elegant ceremony under the patronage of H.E. the Ambassador, Mr. K.W.N.D. Karunaratne at the Embassy premises with the participation of Embassy staff, their family members and Sri Lankan expatriates living in Myanmar.
The celebration commenced at 8.00 a.m. with "Buddha pooja", and then started the official ceremony with hoisting the National Flag by His Excellency, Mr. K.W.N.D. Karunaratne, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Myanmar, while playing "Magul Bera" and reciting the National Anthem by participants. A two minutes silence to salute the martyr's who fight for the Independence of Sri Lanka and those who sacrificed their lives in the war to preserve the unity and integrity of Sri Lanka. Lighting the traditional oil lamp by the H.E. Ambassador, Embassy Officials and Secretary of the Sri Lankan Association in Myanmar and followed by blessings offered by Buddhist, Christian, Hindu and Islamic religious dignitaries.
After the religious observances, reading the messages of H.E. the President, Mr. Maithripala Sirisena, Hon. Prime Minster, Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe and Hon. Foreign Minister, Mr. Mangala Samaraweera.
Welcoming the gathering at the morning session, H.E. the Ambassador, Mr. Karunaratne emphasized Sri Lanka is celebrating 68 years of independence on her history, as Sri Lankan working in abroad we have to bounden our duty to our motherland as truly and honestly.
At the conclusion of the Independence Day official ceremony Embassy organized refreshment for all the participants with Sri Lankan traditional foods at Ambassador's Residence.
In the evening Embassy organized a reception around 200 guests at Chatrium Hotel in Yangon with an elegant manner. Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr. Tin Oo Lwin and Madam was the Guest of Honour at this event, welcome the Chief Guest by H.E. the Ambassador according to the Sri Lankan tradition presenting "bulath hurulla". At this very elegant evening ceremony, including Heads of Missions, Charge'd' Affairs, and other diplomats, UN member states, business personalities, media personnel and Sri Lankan expatriates who living in Myanmar was participated. A documentary on Sri Lanka's rich cultural heritage and scenic beauty was also screened.
Sri Lankan Ambassador to Myanmar presents Credentials
H.E. Mr. K.W.N.D. Karunaratne, newly appointed Ambassador to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar presented his credentials to His Excellency U Thein Sein, the President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar on 14th October 2015 at the Presidential Palace in Nay Pyi Taw.
Having been escorted by a motorcade Mr. Karunaratne was extended a warm welcome by H.E. U Thein Sein, the President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar who wished the Ambassador every success in his tenure in the Republic of the Union of Myanmar.
His Excellency the President of Myanmar recalled his visit to Sri Lanka while he was Lt. Gen. Thein Sein, Secretary 1 of the State Peace and Development Council as the acting Prime Minister of Myanmar, and very pleased to pay homage to Tooth Relics Temple in Kandy, as well as the President mentioned about the donation of Tuskers to Kandy Tooth Relics Temple. The President expressed the hope that the cordial relations between Myanmar and Sri Lanka would be further strengthened and wished Ambassador a successful tenure in Myanmar.
Following the presentation of his Credentials, the Ambassador Karunaratne briefed the President of Myanmar on the Parliamentary Election that was held in Sri Lanka on 17th August 2015 and on the actions been taken for implementing manifested programmes and policies on national reconciliation as well as economic development endeavors by the newly elected Government in Sri Lanka.
Referring to historical warm bilateral relations between Sri Lanka and Myanmar the Ambassador Karunaratne stated that he would be looking forward to work closely with the Government of Myanmar for further strengthen the bilateral relations between two countries.
The Ambassador underscored the need to further promotion of bilateral trade and highlighted that the next session of the Joint Commission for Economic Cooperation between two countries would provide opportunities to discuss and consider various matters promoting economic relations between Sri Lanka and the Myanmar.
The Ambassador Karunaratne also conveyed kind regards from H.E. the President Mr. Maithripala Sirisena to the President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar who reciprocate as best regards to the President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.
Union Minister for Foreign Affairs U Wunna Maung Lwin, Union Minister at the President's Office U Thein Nyunt and Acting Director General Ko Ko Naing of Protocol, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Myanmar also presented at the occasion.
After Credential Presentation Ceremony the Ambassador H.E. Mr. Karunaratne had courtesy calls with:
- H.E. U Win Myint, Union Minister for Commerce
- H.E. U Htay Aung, Union Minister for Hotels & Tourism
- H.E. U Soe Win, Union Minister for Religious Affairs
- H.E. U Aye Myint Kyu, Union Minister for Culture
- H.E. U Thant Kyaw, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs
- H.E. U Than Swe, Deputy Minister for Home Affairs
Ambassador Karunaratne discussed various matters i.e. Trade & Commerce, Cultural Affairs, Home Affairs, Hotels & Tourism, Religious Affairs, Cultural Exchange, Knowledge Transfer etc. fruitfully for the mutual benefits at the Courtesy calls meetings with the above Ministers.
Ambassador Karunaratne is graduated in University of Peradeniya followed with two Posts Graduate Diplomas also had long term training in Germany on Land Administration.
Ambassador is retired Additional Surveyor General, Private Secretary to the Hon. Maithripala Sirisena, then Minister of Health and Coordinating Secretary to the Hon. Maithripala Sirisena, Minister of Defence dealing with all type of subjects in relation to the Defence, Mahaweli Projects and Environmental Ministry.
Ambassador Karunaratne gained experiences in Administrative and Organizational skills for 35 years in the Public Sector including one year in the Department of Inland Revenue, 34 years in the Survey Department. During 35 years in Public Sector, other than his normal duties, he has extended his service as Chairman, Water Resources Board, Chairman, Natural Resources Management Services (Pvt) Ltd., Consultant (Surveying) in Mahaweli Authority of Sri Lanka, Coordinator, Sri Lanka Land Titling Project and several Director Boards.
Ambassador Designate Mr. K.W.N.D. Karunaratne assumes duties in Yangon
The newly appointed Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Myanmar assumed duties in Yangon on 21st September 2015 and religious observances were carried out by the Buddhist religious dignitaries blessings upon the Ambassador designate.
New Ambassador, H.E. Mr. K.W.N.D. Karunaratne, Ambassador-Designate of Sri Lanka to Myanmar is Coordinating Secretary to Hon. Maithripala Sirisena, Minister of Defence with an illustrious career in more than 35 years in Sri Lanka Government Service. He had held several high level positions in the Government.
While speaking to the staff of the Embassy, after assuming duties, he explained the importance of further enhancing strong relations between Myanmar and Sri Lanka which exist from centuries on the foundation of Theravada Buddhism.
He further said that he hopes to constructively work with the Myanmar Government, exchange their experiences in the area of culture and religious affairs and other development programmes taking place in Sri Lanka and Myanmar. He further highlighted to the staff that creating an excellent environment at work will lead to energized engagement, dynamic contribution which is the key to success of all the projects.
Ambassador, H.E. Mr. K.W.N.D. Karunaratne is the 21st Ambassador to represent the Government of Sri Lanka in Myanmar since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries in 1948.
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