Kamani and Dirk Van Der Ploeg with Sri Lankan ambassador Rodney Perera and his wife Masako.
Photo: Maison Moderne
Members of Luxembourg’s Sri Lankan community feted the country’s independence day in a ceremony on 10 February hosted by the local honorary consul Dirk Van Der Ploeg.
“The only thing that is multiplied when it is divided is happiness,” said Van Der Ploeg in his opening speech, who wished attendees to share in that happiness over the course of the afternoon, which included specialties from the “teardrop island” plus an impromptu drumming session with singing and dancing.
Both Van Der Ploeg and Rodney Perera, the Sri Lankan ambassador to Belgium and Luxembourg, highlighted a few of the events which have taken place over the last year that have helped strengthen bilateral relations.
In May of last year, for example, a Sri Lankan delegation visited the grand duchy for a trade meeting held at the Luxembourg chamber of commerce. This was followed shortly by a tourism workshop to educate operators on what Sri Lanka has to offer--an event which received “tremendous response”, according to Perera. And in September 2018 an MoU was signed with Cargolux to begin regular flights to Sri Lanka.
Perera and Van Der Ploeg also referred to the annual VakanzFoire (holiday fair), which takes place in January, as a good way for people to discover more about Sri Lanka.
Addresses by the Sri Lankan president, as well as the prime minister and foreign minister, were also read aloud to guests at the event.