Speech made by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, MP., during the Adjournment moved by the Leader of the Opposition, Hon. R. Sampanthan, in Parliament on 22 February 2017

admin/ March 1, 2017/ /

Speech made by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, MP., during the Adjournment moved by the Leader of the Opposition, Hon. R. Sampanthan, in Parliament on 22 February 2017 Hon. Speaker, I thank the Honourable Leader of Opposition for raising this important issue in this House today – an issue on which the very future of our nation depends.

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Consular Affairs Division moves to new premises

admin/ February 8, 2017/ /

Consular Affairs Division moves to new premises The Consular Affairs Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, presently at the BOI building, 3rd Floor at No.14, Sir Baron Jayathilake Mawatha in Fort, will be relocated to the Ceylinco Building, 2nd Floor, No. 69 Janadhipathi Mawatha, Colombo 01 with effect from Monday, 6th February 2017. The new premise will be ceremonially

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Regional Consular Office of Foreign Ministry to be opened in Jaffna

admin/ January 27, 2017/ /

Following the vision of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, of enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery to the public, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will open a Regional Consular Office in Jaffna on Thursday 26 January 2017 at 10.30 a.m.   The Consular Office which will be located at the District Secretariat in Jaffna, will

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to visit Sri Lanka

admin/ August 31, 2016/ /

At the invitation of the Government, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, accompanied by Mrs Ban Soon-taek, will visit Sri Lanka from 31 August to 2 September 2016. The Secretary-General is expected to arrive in Sri Lanka in the evening of 31 August from Myanmar, and leave Sri Lanka late night on 2 September for China to participate

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Statement by Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Foreign Affairs at the 32nd Session of the UN Human Rights Council

admin/ June 30, 2016/ /

At the 30th Session of this Council last October, Sri Lanka, by co-sponsoring the Resolution 30/1, ‘Promoting Reconciliation and Accountability in Sri Lanka’, broke away from the years of disengagement, self-isolation, and confrontation that preceded the election of President Maithripala Sirisena in January 2015. Sri Lanka, hailed at Independence in 1948 as a potential “Switzerland of the east”, was now

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Address by Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera at Opening of the Sixth World Congress Against the Death Penalty

admin/ June 22, 2016/ /

Despite its widespread use, for millennia the death penalty has caused lingering societal discomfort and unease. Fairly early on in history many enlightened leaders have found the death penalty degrading of human dignity. For example, in ancient Sri Lanka a number of kings – influenced by the Buddha’s teaching – abolished the death penalty. In fact, for much of the

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Restrictions on issuing passports to Sri Lankan Citizens lifted

admin/ June 1, 2016/ /

The Government has today, 1 June 2016, issued a circular ending the restrictions placed in March 2011 on the issuance of passports to Sri Lankan citizens resident abroad who, at different times, were compelled to leave Sri Lanka due to conflict or political reasons. Read more

Sri Lanka as a Vantage Point for International Film Making

admin/ May 25, 2016/ /

The 69th edition of the Cannes Film Festival, one of the key events in the international entertainment calendar, from 11th to 22nd May 2016, in the city of Cannes, South of France saw the Sri Lanka flag fly high at the International Film Market for the first time. The Marché du Film is the most important event of the film industry. This

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Account Information for Disaster Relief Monetary Donations

admin/ May 24, 2016/ /

The Government of Sri Lanka has set up Bank Accounts to which monetary donations for Disaster Relief may be sent by well wishers in local and foreign currency. Monetary Donations may be also made at your nearest Sri Lanka Embassy / Mission. Read more