SIAL (Salon International de  l’alimentation ) Paris, 2016 one of the largest consumer fairs in Europe, was held in France from 16th to 20th October 2016. 

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The French Travel Agents Congress was convened in Colombo from 31st October to 04th November 2016 and over 300 Travel Agents attended this event along with local tourism stakeholders. It is also the second time in 15 years that this event had been held in Asia.  

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Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera, on a three day official visit to Paris, from 1st to 3rd June 2016, reiterated his commitment to elevate the bilateral partnership with France to a higher level in all spheres of co-operation strengthening the existing bonds of friendship between the two countries.

President Maithripala Sirisena, addressing the Global Climate Change Summit (COP 21) in Paris, said Sri Lanka intended to emerge as a leader in eco-civilization.

His Excellency Maithripala Sirisena, President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, Mrs Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO and His Excellency Mr. Tilak Ranaviraja,  Ambassador of Sri Lanka to France and Permanent Delegate to UNESCO at a ceremony for the presentation of the UNESCO medal by the Director-General of UNESCO to His Excellency the President on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of UNESCO.