COLOMBO: On Monday (02/01), ASEAN Diplomatic Corps in Colombo gather in the premises of the Indonesian Embassy for the ASEAN Flag Hoisting Ceremony. The Ceremony marks the commencement of ASEAN Diplomatic Corps in Colombo flying the ASEAN Flag along with the national flag of respective countries.
The ASEAN Flag is hoisted together by five Heads of ASEAN Diplomatic Missions in Colombo, namely Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam, as well as one Honorary Consul of the Philippines in Colombo. Music Corps from the Sri Lankan Army plays the ASEAN anthem “ASEAN Way” along with the flag hoisting. The Minister of External Affairs of Sri Lanka graces the event as the Chief Guest. The Ceremony is attended by ASEAN communities in Colombo, including Buddhist monks, entrepreneurs and children. Fellow media and people who are friends of ASEAN in Sri Lanka are also present.
On behalf of the ASEAN Diplomatic Missions in Colombo, Ambassador Djafar Husein delivers remarks. He highlights that, since its conception in 1967, ASEAN has adjusted itself in overcoming the challenges and seizing the opportunities in the region. It also ventures for the best contributions for the maintenance of peace, security and prosperity in the region. In this light, the ASEAN Regional Forum or ARF was established in 1994, having been developing into a significant forum in the Asia-Pacific. High appreciation is conveyed to Sri Lanka for its active participation since 2007. It is hoped that in the future ARF participating countries can further cooperate in addressing regional security issues.
In his remarks, Hon. Prof. Peiris conveys appreciation to the long-established cooperation between Sri Lanka and ASEAN member states, in bilateral framework and in ARF framework. Sri Lanka and all ASEAN member states have extended political supports one another, and maintained trade and cordial people-to-people relations for long. ARF is an important dialog forum for Sri Lanka in pursuing close cooperation with other countries in the Region in countering against transnational crime.
The Ceremony is concluded with a small reception for the ASEAN and Sri Lankan communities. National and traditional songs of the ASEAN member states are played in the background by the Sri Lankan Army music corps.