Thank you, Your Excellency Ambassador Kohona, Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka,
Excellency Ambassador Kleib, Acting President of the General Assembly
Venerable Buddhist Monks,
Ladies and gentlemen,
I am pleased to celebrate this auspicious occasion with you.
It is a personal celebration for me, since my mother is a devout Buddhist.
I remember being inspired by the teachings of the Buddha as a child.
The wisdom of mindfulness, compassion and peace.