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Congressman Robert Aderholt (R-Alabama), Co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Sri Lanka, commends Sri Lanka's "ability and tenacity to keep your country free" and Sri Lanka's fundamental commitment to "democracy, human rights and the rule of law"

There is no better time than now for you to help your Motherland - Ambassador Wickramasuriya

Washington , DC ,February 18, 2014 : A historic opportunity has arrived for the sons and daughters of Sri Lanka living in the United States to support their motherland, says H.E. Mr. Jaliya Wickramasuriya , the Sri Lankan Ambassador to the US.
 
Addressing nearly one thousand Sri Lankan-Americans gathered at the auditorium of the University of District of Columbia on February 8, 2014, the Ambassador expressed that their solidarity with Sri Lankan people is needed more than ever at this important time in Sri Lanka's history.
 
"Sri Lankan- Americans, we need your continued help to explain the correct positive story of our country, because all of our voices together can make a difference", he said.
 
"Each and every one of you can offer critical support to Sri Lanka, because you are Ambassadors of Goodwill for your country", he added.
 
The Ambassador made these remarks delivering the keynote address at the celebration of the 66th Anniversary of Independence of Sri Lanka organized by the Sri Lanka Embassy, Washington DC.
 
Speaking further, the Ambassador noted that due to terrorism Sri Lankans were denied the most basic human right - the right to life without fear, for three long decades. He added that under the visionary leadership of  Sri Lanka's President, H.E. Mahinda Rajapaksa the country has been able to rid itself from terrorism and to achieve rapid development.
 
"Today the greatest national interest of our country is to further strengthen this peace and stability. Our people and the Government of Sri Lanka have a clear vision and we are determined to reconcile and to build a peaceful and prosperous nation", he added.
 
Ambassador Wickramasuriya underscored that Sri Lanka has already taken concrete steps toward this end and expects support and understanding for the reconciliation process from the international community.
 
The Ambassador thanked the artists of Channa-Upuli Performing Arts Foundation who were visiting the US on their own expense accepting his invitation to perform at the Embassy events  to mark the Independence Day of Sri Lanka. He also congratulated the young artists from the community who performed in the cultural show that evening.
 
The celebration commenced with a group of nearly 50 Sri Lankan - American children singing the national anthem of Sri Lanka followed by the US national anthem sung by Mrs. Anjalika Silva. One minute silence was observed  to remember the war heroes who sacrificed their lives to bring peace to Sri Lanka. The Jayamangala Gatha were sung by a group of young Sri Lankan-American girls followed by the lighting of the traditional oil lamp by the Ambassador and the guests.
 
Chief Incumbent of Washington Buddhist Vihara Venerable Maharagama Dhammasiri Nayake Thero, and Chief Incumbent of Maryland Buddhist Vihara, Venerable Katugastota Uparatana Nayake Thero conducted Buddhist religious observances. Mrs. Kanaga Ranganathan, Mr. Naseer Azeez and Dr.Greg Fernandopulle invoked blessings according to Hindu, Islam and Christian traditions respectively.
 
The Independence Day message of H.E. the President of Sri Lanka was read by Mr. Bandula Somasiri, the Minister Commercial of the Embassy. Co-chair of the Congressional Sri Lanka Caucus, Congressman Hon. Robert Aderholt, and Chief Minister of North-Western Province of Sri Lanka Hon. Dayasiri Jayasekara addressed the audience as guest speakers.
 
The two hour cultural spectacle featured the repertoire of the renowned Channa- Upuli dance troupe including percussionist Jananath Warakagoda and violinist Ruwan Weerasekara. The students of Sri Lankan-American choreographers Nisha Niroshini, Chathuri Wickramarachchi and Asanga Domask also displayed their talents in astounding dancing performances.
 
Senior US officials, diplomatic dignitaries, and a large number of friends of Sri Lanka in the US joined the Sri Lankan-American community members to witness the grand celebration.
 
Sri Lanka Cultural Performance at the World Bank
 
The annual Sri Lanka Cultural Performance at the World Bank Headquarters organized by the Embassy of Sri Lanka, Washington and the Office of the Executive Director of the  World Bank (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, & Sri Lanka) was held at Preston Auditorium on February 6, 2014.
 
This year's event featured the Channa-Upuli dance troupe from Sri Lanka, percussionist Jananath Warakagoda and violinist Ruwan Weerasekara.
 
The packed audience was comprised of staff members of the World Bank, International Monitory Fund (IMF) and several US federal agencies.
 
Also in the audience were Mr. Mukesh Nandan Prasad, Executive Director of the World Bank , Dr. Philippe  Le Houerou, the World Bank Vice President for the South Asia, Ambassador Jaliya Wickramasuriya and Mrs. Priyanga Wickramasuriya.
 
This is the 5th consecutive year that the Embassy of Sri Lanka organized the Sri Lanka Cultural Performance at the World Bank Headquarters as part of its program to commemorate Independence Day of Sri Lanka in the United States .

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  1. Sri Lankan–American Children singing the National Anthem of Sri Lanka at the celebration of the 66th Independence Day organized by the Embassy of Sri Lanka , Washington DC (February 8,2014) , Photo by Sagara Lakmal De Mel.
  2. The audience at the celebration of the 66th Independence Day of Sri Lanka in Washington , sings the National Anthem. Chief Minister of the North-Western Province of Sri Lanka Hon. Dayasiri Jayasekara, Ambassador Jaliya Wickramasuriya and Mrs. Priyanga Wickramasuriya are also in the photograph, (February 8, 2014 ), Photo by Sagara Lakmal De Mel.
  3. Mrs. Anjalika Silva sings the National Anthem of the United States at the celebration of the 66th Independence Day of Sri Lanka in Washington , (February 8, 2014 ), Photo by Sagara Lakmal De Mel.  
  4. Religious dignitaries of Buddhist, Hindu, Islam and Christian faiths conduct religious observances at the celebration of the 66th Independence Day of Sri Lanka in Washington (February 8,2014) , Photo by Sagara Lakmal De Mel
  5. The audience attending religious observancesThe audience attends the religious observances at the celebration of the 66th Independence Day of Sri Lanka in Washington (February 8,2014), Photo by Sagara Lakmal De Mel.
  6. The lighting of the traditional oil lamp at the celebration of the 66th Independence Day of Sri Lanka in Washington (February 8,2014), Photo by Sagara Lakmal De Mel.
  7. Dance artists of the Channa- Upuli Performing Arts Foundation perform at the celebration of the 66th Independence Day of Sri Lanka in Washington (February 8, 2014), Photo by Sagara Lakmal De Mel.
  8. Sri Lankan-American community children perform at the celebration of the 66th Independence Day of Sri Lanka in Washington (February 8, 2014), Photo by Sagara Lakmal De Mel.
  9. The event hosts ; (from left) Mr. Shankar Sivanathakuru, Ms. Kanchana Harath & Mr. Senal Ranatunge at the celebration of the 66th Independence Day of Sri Lanka in Washington (February 8, 2014), Photo by Sagara Lakmal De Mel.
  10. The cultural performanceSri Lankan-American community children perform at the celebration of the 66th Independence Day of Sri Lanka in Washington (February 8, 2014), Photo by Sagara Lakmal De Mel.
  11. The cultural performanceSri Lankan-American community children perform at the celebration of the 66th Independence Day of Sri Lanka in Washington (February 8, 2014), Photo by Sagara Lakmal De Mel.
  12. Congressman Robert Aderholt (R-Alabama), Co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Sri Lanka addressing the audience at the celebration of the 66th Independence Day of Sri Lanka in Washington (February 8, 2014),  Photo by Sagara Lakmal De Mel.
  13. Hon. Dayasiri Jayasekara, the Chief Minister of the North-Western Province of Sri Lanka addressing the audience at the celebration of the 66th Independence Day of Sri Lanka in Washington (February 8, 2014), Photo by Sagara Lakmal De Mel.
  14. A winner of the lottery draw receives the air ticket to Sri Lanka from Etihad Airways at the celebration of the 66th Independence Day of Sri Lanka in Washington (February 8, 2014), Photo by Sagara Lakmal De Mel.
  15. Ambassador Jaliya Wickramasuriya addressing the audience at the celebration of the 66th Independence Day of Sri Lanka in Washington (February 8, 2014), Photo by Sagara Lakmal De Mel.
  16. A group of Sri Lankan–American Children performs with Sri Lankan Master Choreographer Channa Wijewardene at the celebration of the 66th Independence Day of Sri Lanka in Washington (February 8, 2014), Photo by Sagara Lakmal De Mel.
  17. The cultural performanceDance artists of the Channa- Upuli Performing Arts Foundation performing at the celebration of the 66th Independence Day of Sri Lanka in Washington (February 8, 2014), Photo by Sagara Lakmal De Mel.
  18. Chief Minister Hon. Dayasiri Jayasekara and Mr. Channa Wijewardene photographed with Ambassador Wickramasuriya’s family at the celebration of the 66th Independence Day of Sri Lanka in Washington (February 8, 2014), Photo by Sagara Lakmal De Mel.
  19. Artists of the Channa- Upuli Dance Foundation of Sri Lanka performing at the Sri Lanka Cultural Performance held at the World Bank , Washington DC, (February 6, 2014 ), Photo by Sagara Lakmal De Mel.
  20. Mr. Mukesh Nandan Prasad, the Executive Director of the World Bank, Ambassador Jaliya Wickramasuriya and Mrs. Priyanga Wickramasuriya at the Sri Lanka Cultural Performance held at the World Bank in Washington DC (February 6, 2014), Photo by Sagara Lakmal De Mel.
  21. The cultural performanceSri Lankan violinist Ruwan Weerasekara performing at the Sri Lankan Cultural Performance held at the World Bank , Washington DC, (February 6, 2014 ), Photo by Sagara Lakmal De Mel.

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