Last week, I had the honor and privilege of attending the residence of his excellency Prasad Kariyawasam; Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the United States home courtesy of the World Affairs Council of Washington D.C.(WACDC). This event was part of WACDC’s International Affairs Public Program of 2017 and it was kicked off to a glamorous start.
Before his excellency delighted the crowd with an enthralling speech on the cultural importance of Sri Lanka, party-goers nibbled on delicious meat, cheese, and phillo puff appetizers, mingled along the vast dining room area and outside by the patio (It was nice and warm that day–perfect weather for having a tiki light on), and drank fine wines right by authentic paintings, jewels, and sculptures from Sri Lanka.
His excellency later came up to the podium to an uproarious applause, and eloquently detailed the bond behind Sri Lanka and the United State’s relationship. Both countries have had a strong friendship for a very long time. In fact, did you know that Sri Lanka is one of the oldest democracies in Asia? Did you also know that along with tea, spices, and blue sapphires, Sri Lanka is famous for exporting graphite for pencils? Not only is Sri Lanka renown for their exports, this country is also a melting pot—a diverse nation filled with people from all walks of life.
I had the honor of speaking with the ambassador and learned so much about the great friendship Sri Lanka has with countries like India and China. Positive communication and fortifying a strong relationship with trust is always key in building alliances between different nations. This notion is also true in business (diplomatic relations is essentially business) and in your own social circles.
Overall, I walked away from this event learning so much about Sri Lanka the nation and the great people behind the country.