Ho Chi Minh statue unveiled in Colombo
By Srimal Fernando, Global Editor
Sri Lankan President and Deputy Prime Minister of Vietnam unveils Ho Chi Minh statue in Colombo
More than 40 years after the Vietnam war ended, the late President of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh, a strident campaigner for Vietnam re -unification and a symbol of hope and admiration, was honored with a statue at a special ceremony in Sri Lanka.
His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa, President of Sri Lanka
Standing side-by-side His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa, President of Sri Lanka and Hon Pham Bhinh Minh, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam led the statue unveiling ceremony of the late leader of Vietnam in front of Colombo Public Library on 25th November 2013.
Ho Chi Minh was the first Vietnamese to be honored with a statue in Sri Lanka. Specially invited distinguished guests, diplomats, members of civil society and local and foreign media witnessed the special statue unveiling ceremony. Following the unveiling of the statue many flowers were spread out in front of the Ho Chi Minh statue in Colombo. The momentous occasion was followed by a cultural programmes by Sri Lankan and Vietnamese performers.
Ambassador of Vietnam
In a moving speech, President of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa reflected on the courage and principles of the late President of Vietnam Ho Chi Minh. Hon. Pham Bhinh Minh, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam thanked the Sri Lankan President and the Sri Lankan Government for honoring the late President of Vietnam and remembered about the long history of diplomatic friendship between Vietnam and Sri Lanka. H.E. Ton Sinh Thanh, the Vietnamese Ambassador to Sri Lanka and His Worship the Mayor of Colombo A. J Muzammil, were among the others who delivered the speeches.
Ambassador of Russia
The impressive replica of Ho Chi Minh was sculptured in Vietnam and the artistic efforts, beautification and landscaping in front of Colombo Public Library for the Ho Chi Minh statue unveiling ceremony was carried out under the guidance of architect Ms. Mindika Chandrasekera. The Vietnam Embassy in Colombo played a significant role in supporting the statue project. This replica of Ho Chi Minh in front of the Public Library will bear in mind the sacrifices and contributions made by the late President of Vietnam and the people of Vietnam for the cause of re-unification of their country.