Media Release

Sri Lanka Celebrates 64th Independence Anniversary with the New York Diplomatic Community

Ambassador Dr. Palitha  Kohona , the Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations, along with the Deputy Permanent Representative, Ambassador Major General Shavendra Silva, hosted a widely attended Reception at the Turkish Cultural Center for the New York based diplomatic community and senior UN personnel to mark the 64th anniversary of Sri Lanka’s Independence. Over 140 Permanent Missions were represented at the event. The guests were treated to a memorable evening of live music and authentic Sri Lankan cuisine.

Main Stream media, Fox 5 News, South-South News, Media Global and a number of representatives from other media channels covered the event, highlighting Sri Lanka’s uniquely distinct culture and gastronomic delights to the world. Speaking to Fox 5, Ambassador Dr. Palitha Kohona, stated:
“Today we celebrate 64 years of independence from British Colonial rule. We have achieved much in these 64 years. A free education system has ensured a 96% literacy rate. A free healthcare system has resulted in a very low infant mortality rate. Today we are recovering from a 27 year long conflict. The economy is booming, tourism has rebounded and FDI has picked up substantially. The country led by President Rajapaksa, is brimming with confidence. The government is determined to ensure that all Sri Lankans share in the prosperity”

Sri Lanka received its Independence on February 4th, 1948 after 133 years of British colonial rule. A documentary on Sri Lanka’s Gem industry along with a film of her struggle for independence was also screened at the event. 

H.E.Dr Palitha Kohona greeting guests:-

Chief Rabbi Schneier & Mrs Schneier 


PR & DPR of Monaco 


PR of Azerbaijan

PR of  Egypt


PR of Fiji & Greece 

PR of India 


PR of Iran

PR of Maldives


PR of Montenegro & wife

PR of Morocco

PR of Pakistan 

PR of Saudi Arabia

PR of Slovak Republic

Mr. Thalifdeen


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