Speaking at the renowned East-West Centre in Honolulu on February 11th, Sri Lanka’s Ambassador in United States Prasad Kariyawasam said that Sri Lanka stands ready for take off and to play its full role as a responsible member of the global community, as a hub nation that serves itself, the region and the world beyond for our common prosperity. The Ambassador evoked Sri Lanka’s ancient history and the key role the nation played as a trading post. He explained that the government has envisioned a future where Sri Lanka thrives again as a regional hub. Established by the U.S. Congress in 1960, the East-West Centre is a U.S.-based institution for public diplomacy in the Asia Pacific region with international governance, staffing, students, and participants, and has a worldwide network of 62,000 alumni and more than 950 partner organizations. It serves as a resource for information and analysis on critical issues of common concern, bringing people together to exchange views, build expertise, and develop policy options. Ambassador Kariyawasam is currently on an official visit to Hawaii where he visited the United States Pacific Command and is participating in Sri Lanka’s national day celebrations hosted by Sri Lanka’s Honorary Consul in Hawaii. Read the full remarks: Sri Lanka – A hub in the Indian Ocean by Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam  Embassy of Sri Lanka Washington D.C. 20008

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