Independence Day celebrations in Jakarta
Around 200 guests including members of the diplomatic community, officials of the Indonesian government and Sri Lankans living in Indonesia participated in celebrations organised by the Sri Lankan embassy in Jakarta to mark Sri Lanka's Independence.
Speaking at the event, Ambassador Major General (Retd.) Nanda Mallawaarachchi said bilateral relations between Sri Lanka and Indonesia have reached new heights today, with the signing of two MOUs late last year.
The Ambassador expressed gratitude for the cooperation and support that the Embassy has been receiving from the Sri Lankan community in Indonesia.
The morning flag hoisting ceremony at the Embassy was attended by many Sri Lankans living in Indonesia. Representatives of Buddhist, Hindu, Islam and Christian faiths conducted the religious observances. The morning ceremony was concluded with a traditional Sri Lankan breakfast with Kiribath, oil cakes, etc.
The Chief Guest for the evening ceremony was Attorney General of Indonesia, Hendarman Supandji, representing the Government of Indonesia. Among the distinguished guests were Ali Alatas, Special Envoy of the President of Indonesia for the Peace Process in the Middle East, Director General for Asia Pacific and Africa and Director General for Protocol and Consular Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.