On November 12, 2019, the Chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate's Department for External Church Relations (DECR), Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, met with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka to the Russian Federation Dayan Jayatilleka.

From the Embassy side, the meeting was attended by the spouse of Ambassador Sanja Jayatilleka and personal assistant to Ambassador Olesya Romanova; from the DECR side - Secretary for Foreign Affairs Archpriest Sergius Zvonarev.

The Chairman of the Department for External Church Relations welcomed the guests warmly. In the course of the conversation, Metropolitan Hilarion told the senior foreign diplomat about the growth of the Russian Orthodox Church over the last thirty years, the place and role of the Church in the society, and its work with the youth. The Hierarch also spoke about the inter-religious dialogue within Russia, the activities of the Inter-Religious Council (IRC) of Russia, traditional religious communities uniting the country, and the interaction of the IRC with the society and the state.

On November 11, 2019 Ambassador Jayatilleka accompanied by Madame Sanja Jayatilleka attended the second Diplomats' artworks exhibition at the invitation of the Russian Academy of Arts, Ambassador of Brunei Darussalam to the Russian Federation H.E. Haini Hashim and Ambassador of the Republic of Paraguay H.E. Ramon Diaz Pereira. The Museum and Exhibition Complex of the Russian Academy of Arts "Zurab Tsereteli's Art Gallery" hosted a one-day exhibition with about 100 works of paintings and graphics. This year the exhibition has also expanded its exposition with photographs.

The Embassy of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka in Russia congratulates all Russian citizens on the occasion of National Unity Day!
On November 4th the Russian Federation annually celebrates National Unity Day. This public holiday was established in 2005 to commemorate the events of 1612, when Kuzma Minin and Dmitry Pozharsky led the people's volunteer army to liberate Moscow from occupation by foreign occupation forces. The monument to Kuzma Minin and Dmitry Pozharsky, who later became national heroes, is located in Red Square opposite St. Basil's Cathedral.

The holiday is also the feast day of the Russian Orthodox icon of Our Lady of Kazan, which was the main shrine of the Minin and Pozharsky's volunteer army.

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