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National Day Celebrations in Jamaica
On February 9, Senator the Honourable Pearnel Charles Jr., State Minister in the Foreign Ministry, toasted the Government of Sri Lanka on its 71st anniversary of independence.
Noting that this was the first time that Sri Lanka was celebrating its National Day in Jamaica, Senator Charles expressed the Government of Jamaica’s satisfaction that many Sri Lankans living here “continue to make significant contributions to our Jamaican society in business, education and other sectors across this country”.
In highlighting that Jamaica and “Asia’s oldest democracy” recently observed 20 years of diplomatic ties, he underscored the similarities of size, vulnerabilities to natural disasters and a shared love for cricket.
Minister Charles also disclosed that, during the October 2018 meeting with his Sri Lankan counterpart, the Honourable Vasantha Senanayake, both dignitaries agreed to further bilateral collaboration in the coconut and textile industries.
Sri Lankan non resident High Commissioner to Jamaica, His Excellency A.L. Ratnapala, reaffirmed Sri Lanka’s commitment to South-South Cooperation and noted with appreciation Jamaica’s ratification of the Paris Climate Change Agreement in March 2017.