The Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in New York and representatives of the Sri Lankan Muslim community in the Tri State area celebrated IFTAR at the Chancery premises on August 7, 2013. The event was also graced by the Permanent Representative of the Maldives, H.E. Ahmed Sareer and the Deputy Permanent Representative of Pakistan.

Iftar signifies the breaking of the fast during Ramadan and is done as a community. This has been the third successive year that the Permanent Mission of Sri Lankan to the United Nations in New York hosted an Iftar. The guests were formally received by Permanent Representative Dr. Palitha Kohona and Deputy Permanent Representative Major General Shavendra Silva also attended.

Ambassador, Dr. Kohona, spoke briefly to the gathering and recognized the valuable contributions made by Islam to global thinking. The Sri Lankan Muslim community has happily brought their traditions to their adopted land. Sri Lankan Islamic traditions have similarities with those of other countries, but maintain distinctive features also. The Sri Lankan Muslim community was an integral part of the Sri Lankan mosaic.

The evening came to close with a Sri Lankan dinner, accompanied by stimulating conversation.

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