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Sri Lanka celebrates 76 years of Independence!

Rebuild our nation


Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

As we commemorated the 76th year of our nation's independence, we encountered the indignity of being labeled a financially bankrupt country.

Upon the advent of the 76'n Independence Day, we have effectively navigated through many challenges, steering the economy toward stability with the support of the global community.

Achievements were realized progressively, owing to the steadfast support of our citizens who encjured hardships in keeping with a comprehensive, long-term national rebuilding programme.

Throughout this journey, challenges will gradually dissipate, life's burdens will lighten, the economy will fortify and Mother Sri Lanka will undergo a renaissance.

It is imperative that we obtain insights from past mistakes and avoid their repetition.

With the current growth trajectory acknowledged globally, let us collectively resolve on this Independence Day to persist on this path and reinstate prosperity.

I invite all Sri Lankans, at home and abroad, to contribute their utmost energy to the noble mission of rebuilding our nation. 


A new turning point

Dinesh Gunawardena (M.P) Prime Minister, Minister of State Administration, Home Affairs, Provincial Councils and Local Government Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

Our ancestors created a proud history for us. As their children and grand children, we should bequeath it meaningfully to the next generation.

Today we celebrate the 76th year of independence of our nation, which has been nourished by intellect and sacrifice of blood and sweat in the struggles faced from time to time due to foreign and imperialist invasions.

From the national liberation struggles of 1818 and 1848 and the revolutionary struggles spearheaded by religious and lay national leaders we gained independence in 1948.

Let us remember them with pride at this moment.

Even after that independence, the people's movement of 1956, the full freedom obtained by the republic constitution of 1972, the war heroes who sacrificed their lives, eyes, flesh and blood to end the thirty-year-war should be gratefully remembered at this moment.

The 76th National Independence Day will be marked as a new turning point in the economy in anticipation of overcoming challenges and building a prosperous country.

Let's all move forward together for the development and progress of the country while preserving freedom.


Embrace the unity

M.U.M. Ali Sabry, P.C., M.P. Minister of Foreign Affairs

Independence Day Message

As we celebrate the 76th anniversary of our independence today, this milestone carries more significance than ever before.

Economic independence is integral to a nation's journey post-freedom. Given the deep economic crisis we were facing only a year ago, the current recovery and upsurge in the economy seemed inconceivable.

It was a combination of good leadership and teamwork that has put us on this path to recovery.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and our diplomatic missions abroad have contributed to this process. Sri Lanka is committed to democratic principles, human rights, and the rule of law.

We have increased global engagement through numerous bilateral visits and consultations, fostering enhanced political and economic relations.

Sri Lanka also assumed leadership of the Indian. Ocean Rim Association.

To achieve our true potential, we must resist divisive policies and embrace the unity within our diversity while we continue these difficult yet prudent economic policy reforms.

Wishing all Sri Lankans a happy independence day. 


A landmark event

H.M.G.R.R.K. Wijeratne Mendis Ambassador of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka to the Kingdom of Bahrain

It gives me great honour and pleasure to convey my warm greetings, and heartfelt felicitations to the Sri Lankan Community residing in the Kingdom of Bahrain, and friends, on this auspicious occasion of 76th Independence Day of Sri Lanka which falls today.

May I take this opportunity to express my sincere greetings and good wishes to His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, King of the Kingdom of Bahrain, His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, the Government and People of the Kingdom of Bahrain.

In bilateral sphere, Sri Lanka and the Kingdom of Bahrain have always enjoyed excellent relations based on mutual respect and shared values.

I wish to see these ties expand into the areas of Trade, Tourism and Investment, Health and Education the mutual benefit of both countries.

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Bahrain has always taken an active role in our community’s social and cultural life, through its various Public Diplomacy and Community Outreach Programs.

“Abiman” Sri Lankan Cultural event has been organized to celebrate the 76th Independence Day of Sri Lanka on the 16th of February 2024 at Bahrain Cultural Hall.

This will be a landmark event in further enriching people-to-people contacts between our two friendly countries.

Finally, let me thank the Sri Lankan Associations and the Sri Lankan Community in Bahrain for their kind support and cooperation extended towards making the 76th Anniversary of Sri Lanka’s Independence Day Celebrations a success.