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WOW… WHAT A CELEBRATION!

On the occasion of the 66th Independence Day of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka Ambassador Bharathi Wijeratne hosted a reception at Swissotel on Tuesday.

8 February 2014 Saturday 08:46
On the occasion of the 66th Independence Day of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka Ambassador Bharathi Wijeratne hosted a reception at Swissotel on Tuesday.



First by her beautiful eye catching silver saree then with the decoration of the reception hall once again Ambassador Wijeratne succeeded in surprising and fascinating her guests as they entered the Anatolian Hall. 

This was Sri Lanka’s second year in Turkey as the Embassy was opened in Turkey only a year ago. Wijeratne is the first Honorary Consul who has been appointed as Ambassador to the country to which she served as Honorary Consul for 12 years.

Wijeratne greeted the guests at the entrance of Anatolian Hall with Sri Lanka’s Istanbul Honorary Consul Adnan Polat, Izmir Honorary Consul Oguz Akcura, Gaziantep Honorary Consul Guven Guzelbey, Adana Honorary Consul Besir Ugur, Erzurum Honorary Consul Fatih Yucelik, Trabzon Honorary Consul Atilla Ataman, Nevsehir Honorary Consul Mahmut Uluer, the outgoing Defense Attaché Sudath Perera and new Defense Attaché Sadad Gunawardane.

After Sri Lankan and Turkish National Anthems were sung Ambassador Wijeratne read the 66th Independence Day Message of President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Then Minister Şimşek took the floor and said he was happy and proud to be at the event.

The Diplomatic Community in Ankara was present at the reception along with many other distinguished guests including Minister of Finance and Member of Economic Coordination Council Mehmet Şimşek, Minister of Environment and Urbanization Idris Gulluce and Undersecretary of Interior Ministry Seyfullah Hacimuftuoglu.  Almost all Heads of Missions, some Deputy Heads of Missions, many military Attachés, academicians, politicians and businessmen also attended the celebration.

Surprise guests of the celebration were Ambassador Wijeratne’s mother Mebal Wijeratne, son Rehan, son’s girlfriend  Nithiesha Jayasekara, her mother Jackie, Dr Lohita Samarawickrama and his wife, designer Kanchana Godigamuwa who had come all the way from Sri Lanka and ambassador’s close friend businessman Sitki Ayan from Istanbul had come to attend the celebration.

Also AK Party General Secretary Haluk Ipek, CHP Vice Chairperson Omer Faruk Logoglu, former Minister Hikmet Çetin, many bureaucrats and Sri Lankan students were among the distinguished guests.

The guests of honor Minister Şimşek, Minister Gulluce, Undersecretary Hacimuftuoglu together with Georgian Ambassador Irakli Koplatadze (representing Sri Lankan students studying in Georgia) and ambassador’s close friend businessman Sitki Ayan , joined the host in cutting the four layer National Day Cake.

Guests attending the event were struck with admiration by the decoration of the hall including silver painted statues of porcelain dolls carrying fresh fruits and flowers on tables and by beautiful lighting of the hall.


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