The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants, Minister Gebran Bassil, Secretary General to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Wafiq Rahimi, Director General of the Protocol to the Presidential Palace, Laoud Lahoud, Director of Protocol to the Foreign Ministry, Ambassador Mira Daher Viulides were also present during this event.The event at the Presidential palace followed by the ceremonial guard of honor and playing of National Anthem of Sri Lanka while National flag was raised at the Presidential Palace alongside the Lebanese flag. The National Anthem of Lebanon was played upon her departure from the presidential palace. During this occasion. The Ambassador was accompanied by the senior diplomatic officials of the Embassy, Deepal Premaratne, Counsellor (E&W), Mrs. Kumari Jayaratne, Counsellor (Labour) and Mrs. Sriyani Pathirana (Attaché).Ambassador Mrs. Wijeratne Mendis has 20 years experience of Sri Lanka Foreign Service and obtained her Masters in Advanced International Relations from the University of Vienna and the Post Graduate Degree in International Relations from the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna. She has obtained her Bachelors Degree in General Arts from University of Colombo. She was a past student of Holy Family Convent, Kurunegala and Mahamaya College, Kandy.Prior to her present appointment, she has served in Sri Lanka Missions in Hague-Netherlands, Vienna-Austria, Yangon-Myanmar, Abudabi-UAE, and Manila- the Philippines. (Colombo Gazette) She also reiterated her firm commitment to enhance close and cordial bi-lateral relations exists between two countries during her tenure as Ambassador. Michel Aoun proposed a toast to the friendly relation between two countries and the prosperity of the people and the Ambassador reciprocated by extending warmest felicitations and good wishes from President Maithreepala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to the President and friendly people of Republic of Lebanon. Lebanon has appreciated the contribution of the Sri Lankan expatriate community in Lebanon to the development of Lebanon.The President of Lebanon Michel Aoun expressed these views during talks with the Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the Republic of Lebanon, Reethisri Rakthiya Kumari Wijeratne Mendis.