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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2737

Sri Lanka joins international commemoration of 'La Fête Nationale' in Grand Quevilly, Rouen

Paris, 16 July, (Asiantribune.com):

Sri Lanka actively participated in the regional commemoration of ‘La Fête Nationale’ (French National Day) in the village of Grand Quevilly in the Normandy region, in the north of France on 14th July 2013.

As the only Asian country, among several others from the African region, Sri Lanka received the opportunity to showcase crafts, produce, cuisine and tourism at the event which drew people from across the Normandy region.

Welcoming Sri Lanka at the regional commemoration, Mr Francis Herbet, President of the ‘Association of Friends of the Indian Ocean for the Promotion of Trade and Tourism’ highlighted the significance of Sri Lanka in the Indian Ocean, its breathtaking beauty and the abundance of opportunities that existed in the island nation.

Also present were local government officials including Ms Nicolle Dion, Deputy Mayor in charge of Civil Affairs and Mr Jacques Marques, Deputy Mayor in charge of Sport, Records and Elections.

Visitors to the Sri Lanka pavilion were delighted to enjoy a cup of pure Ceylon tea and Sri Lankan sweetmeats such as mung kavum. Whilst handicrafts were on display, maps, brochures on places of historical value and activities as well as packs of tea and Sri Lankan souvenirs were distributed to the large crowds that visited the Sri Lankan pavilion.

Ambassador Professor Karunaratne Hangawatte, who attended the main French National Day commemoration events in Paris, was represented in Rouen by Mr George I. H. Cooke, First Secretary and Ms Yoshitha Jayasuriya, Second Secretary of the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Paris.

- Asian Tribune -

Sri Lanka joins international commemoration of 'La Fête Nationale' in Grand Quevilly, Rouen
Sri Lanka joins international commemoration of 'La Fête Nationale' in Grand Quevilly, Rouen
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