Sri Lanka issued a postage stamp commemorating President Ho Chi Minh of Vietnam
H.E.Ton Sinh Thanh, the Ambassador of Vietnam to Sri Lanka (centre) with Sri Lankan Ministers and representatives of the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications of Sri Lanka
By Srimal Fernando, Global Editor
The Embassy of Vietnam in co-operation with the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications of Sri Lanka released a commemorative postage stamp to mark President Ho Chi Minh’s 124th birthday. At a ceremony in Colombo a first day cover and a commemorative postage stamp honoring President Ho Chi Minh designed by painter Kumudu Tharaka was issued on 28th April 2014. The first stamp and the cover were presented to H.E.Ton Sinh Thanh, the Ambassador of Vietnam to Sri Lanka and to several senior government Ministers by the officials of the Department of Posts.
Speaking on the occasion at the Auditorium of the Department of Posts H.E.Ton Sinh Thanh, the Ambassador of Vietnam to Sri Lanka extended his warm greetings to the President of Sri Lanka and to the Government. Ambassador Thanh said, “the first agreement signed between Sri Lanka after the country was re-unified in 1975 was a postal deal. We believe that issuing a Ho Chi Minh stamp would be another step to foster bilateral co-operation and promote more people to people and business between our two countries."
H.E.Ton Sinh Thanh, the Ambassador of Vietnam to Sri Lanka
Paying homage and respect to President Ho Chi Minh, the Senior Minister for Human Resources D.E.W. Gunasekara stated that, "along with Mahatma Gandhi, the Vietnamese leader Ho Chi Minh was one of the few international political figures to be featured in Sri Lankan stamps." The Senior Minister said that the Vietnamese leader Ho Chi Minh is reputed to have visited the island several times. At least on one occasion he had stayed at Colombo's Colonial Hotel, in front of the main railway station on his way to Paris.
In extending his warm greetings to the issuing of a commemorative postage stamp to the Vietnamese leader President Ho Chi Minh, Minister of Science and Technology, Professor Tissa Vitarana, highlighted Ho Chi Minh’s unique contribution to the global society.
Among the other important dignitaries present on the occasion were Minister of Posts and Telecommunications Jeewan Kumaranathunga, National Languages and Social Integration Minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara and Senior Minister A. H. M. Fauzi.
The ceremony at the Department of Posts brought together several ministers, politicians, policy-makers, members of the media, diplomats from the Embassy of Vietnam in Colombo, representatives of prominent think tanks and many who admired the great revolutionary leader President Ho Chi Minh.