The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Warsaw celebrated the 150th anniversary of Ceylon tea on July 6th with over 100 guests, including tea traders, travel writers, officials, academics and diplomats.
“The Global Ceylon Tea Party” commenced with lighting of the traditional oil lamp and a Sri Lankan cultural dance, a presentation on the Sri Lankan tea industry, followed by an address by Ambassador Tissa Wijeratne. In his speech, Ambassador Wijeratne underlined Sri Lanka as one of the topmost tea growers and exporters. In fact, the Sri Lankan tea industry has the highest marketing capacity and value-adding capacity amongst tea-producing countries of the world. Tea is now the unofficial national beverage in Poland. Sri Lanka has been a steady supplier of tea to the Polish market. Currently, Poland is Sri Lanka’s 4th largest tea buyer amongst the EU countries.
Guests who were present at the event learned about tea production and the preparation of a proper cup of Ceylon tea. They had the opportunity to taste various flavors of teas from different regions in Sri Lanka and were further delighted with tea punch, tea biscuits, sweets and traditional Sri Lankan food. The event was filled with aromas from tea samples on display while the music of popular Sri Lankan melodies played in the background.
The Embassy of Sri Lanka is pleased to inform that a Global Tea Party to celebrate 150 years of Ceylon tea will be held at the Embassy on 6th July, 2017 at 5.00pm
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On 18th April 2017, Sri Lankan and Polish leaders have exchanged congratulatory messages on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the establishment of their diplomatic relations between two countries.
The Sri Lanka Embassy in Warsaw, in collaboration with the University of Warsaw, held a ceremony on 6th June 2017 in light of this occasion. The event was attended by senior officials of the Foreign Ministry, diplomats, dignitaries, academics and students of the university.
The ceremony commenced with opening remarks by Prof. Danuta Stasik, Head of the Chair of South Asian Studies of the University of Warsaw, followed by Ms. Joanna Wronecka, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland, who delivered the key note address. The line-up also consisted of special remarks by Ambassador Tissa Wijeratne, Professor Piotr Tarcha, Dean Faculty of Oriental Studies, and Prof. Krzysztof Byrski, Chair of South Asian Studies and former Polish Ambassador to Sri Lanka.
Speakers shared views on the significance of the relationship between the two countries and highlighted collaborative efforts between Sri Lanka and Poland that have strengthened bilateral relations. The event put to focus that the lens of history and lessons from the past can set the tone and direction for crafting, deepening and expanding the relationship between the two countries.
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To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Republic of Poland and Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, on 18 April 2017, Poland sent congratulatory messages.
Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland, Mrs. Beata Szydło and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Witold Waszczykowski congratulated the Prime Minister of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe and Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Mangala Samaraweera respectively, for a long history of mutual contacts and expressed hopes that the anniversary will result in even closer cooperation.
On 6 June 2017 during the celebrations of 60th anniversary at the Warsaw University in Poland , the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Mrs. Joanna Wronecka also congratulated the cooperation and expressed her hope for even tighter relations between Poland and Sri Lanka.
The President, the Prime Minister and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka addressed the congratulatory messages to their Polish counterparts- please find it here.
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