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Supplements: Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka - 68th anniversary of independence

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On this day, as we celebrate the 68th anniversary of our independence, we are proud of the progress made towards safeguarding the freedom, sovereignty, territorial integrity of the Nation and strengthening national reconciliation and economic and political rights of all our citizens.
It is a historic triumph for all of us to be able to celebrate the 68th Independence Day as a nation that prizes the values of democracy, bringing all its citizens together in a spirit of unity and strength. Just as everyone stood together to set the country free from the grip of colonialism back then, on January 08th, Sri Lankans came together to set the nation free from the tyranny of dictatorship, corruption, nepotism and familial rule ; ensuring our return to the hallowed community of democratic nations that assure its people freedom and justice.
The 68th Anniversary of the Independence Day of Sri Lanka takes place at a time when our country is embarking on a new chapter in terms of strengthening democracy, good governance, rule of law, human rights and relations with the global community of nations.
Today we celebrate the 68th Independence of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and with great honour, I extend the greetings and best wishes of His Excellency Maithripala Sirisena, the President of the Democratic Socialist Republic Sri Lanka, to all Sri Lankans here in Pakistan, and also, to our Pakistani friends.
Today, we are celebrating our 68th anniversary of Independence Day of Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka under the dynamic leadership of His Excellency Maithripala Sirisena, the President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka with utmost pride in a peaceful country. The Government of Sri Lanka is taking numerous steps to bolster socio-economic atmosphere of Sri Lanka.
On this auspicious day of Sri Lanka's Independence I would like to extend my heartiest feelings and gratitude to the Government of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and its people. Pakistan and Sri Lanka have shared a typical hobby and are constantly endeavouring to advance quickly in companionship, exchange and two-sided relationship. Pakistan and Sri Lanka have fortified the bond by signing a Free Trade Agreement in 2005. It is pertinent to mention that Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Pakistan and Sri Lanka is operational from June, 2005. Under the Free Trade Agreement, Sri Lanka and Pakistan have agreed to offer preferential market access to each other's' exports by way of granting tariff concessions.