She says with the transition that the election had ushered in Sri Lanka, the season had brought hope for an inclusive future for all Sri Lankans.
She also recalled the rich diversity of Sri Lanka, which had impressed her during her visit to the country a year ago.
Biswal was speaking at the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington DC at a Thai Pongal celebration. A large gathering of guests from the Sri Lankan expatriate Tamil community, high level representatives from the US Department of State led by Biswal, and community leaders attended the event.
Welcoming a full house of guests, Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam said that the observance of diverse national and religious events in Sri Lanka is a testimony to and a celebration of the true spirit of the country. He said that Buddhism and Hinduism had co-existed in the island for long years, later complemented by Christianity and Islam, all of which nurtured the multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multi-cultural character of the nation. Religion had served as an agent and source of harmony among all Sri Lankans as manifested once again by the visit of the Pope who celebrated mass with all the people of Sri Lanka.
Recalling the recent elections in Sri Lanka which renewed the country’s age-old democratic traditions, the Ambassador said that the people from the four corners of the island reposed faith in a new government for the country to reach new