07th February 2024 15:18:41 Hours
In parallel to the 76th National Independence Day of Sri Lanka, a special programme was held on 04 February 2024 at the Boghossian theatre, Beirut, Lebanon. At the invitation of HE the Ambassador of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka to Lebanon, Mr. Kapila Susantha Jayaweera, the Contingent Commander of 14th contingent of Sri Lanka Force Protection Company (SLFPC) in the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), Colonel D.P.L.T Kaluaggala RSP USP IG together with Major E.M.H.C de Saram, Major S.M.N.M Mannage, Major R.M.P.W.B Illukkumbura and the cultural team of 14th SLFPC participated for this programme.
The event was organized by the Embassy of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka in Lebanon and HE the Ambassador of Sri Lanka graced the event as the Chief guest. The programme commenced with hoisting the National flag by HE the Ambassador and reading the special message issued on Independence Day by HE the President of Sri Lanka.
Next, a cultural programme which included colourful dancing items and a calypso band performance by 14th SLFPC peacekeepers, attracted the audience. Meanwhile, a special plaque was presented by HE the Ambassador to the Contingent Commander of the 14th SLFPC, in appreciation of peacekeeping duties performed in Lebanon.
Consular General of Sri Lanka in Damascus, Syria, Contingent Commander of 14th SLFPC attended the programme as guests of honour. A large gathering comprised of dignitaries from the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Lebanon, Sri Lankans living in Lebanon and Lebanese citizens witnessed the colourful programme.