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Condolence message on the aircraft crash in Indonesia

Sri Lanka is saddened by the crash of a military aircraft carrying armed forces personnel and their families in Medan, Indonesia, which has resulted in the loss of many lives. 

In this hour of grief, we express our heartfelt condolences to the Government and the people of Indonesia, in particular, the families of the deceased. Our thoughts and prayers at this time are with all those affected by this tragedy. 

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Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera Concludes Successful Visit to Japan


Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera undertook a visit to Japan from 17 to 20 June 2015 on the invitation of his Japanese counterpart, Minister for Foreign Affairs Fumio Kishida.  The visit, which was the first official visit undertaken by an emissary of the new Government to Japan, focussed on further consolidating the close and friendly relations between the two countries for mutual benefit. 

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Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Ajith P. Perera attends High Level Conference of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation in Moscow

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ajith P. Perera represented Sri Lanka at the High Level Conference of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) on ‘Security and Stability in the Region of SCO’ on 4 June 2015 in Moscow. The High Level Conference was organized by the Russian Federation that...

Minister of Foreign Employment, Thalatha Atukorale concludes official visit to Malaysia

Minister of Foreign Employment Thalatha Atukorale, concluded her official visit to Malaysia on 27th May 2015. The Minister held bilateral discussions with her Malaysian counterpart YB Dato Sri Richard Riot Anak Jaem on 26th May and met the Executive Council of Malaysian Foreign Agents (PAPA), Board...

Sri Lanka takes a lead in Multi-lingual Internet Initiatives

Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the UN in Geneva, Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha said Sri Lanka had taken a lead in multi-lingual Internet initiatives, by putting in place technical conditions to facilitate the presence of its local languages on the Internet and encouraging the development...

"Pictorial warning is the most cost effective means of controlling tobacco related NCDs, including cancer “- WHO DG tells event hosted by Sri Lanka in Geneva

Dr. Margaret Chan, the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) has said "“Pictorial warning is the most cost effective means of controlling tobacco related Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs), including cancer “, and that  "countries can get return on their investment in multiple...

Sri Lanka Participates at International Day in Palestine

The Representative Office of Sri Lanka in the State of Palestine participated at the International Day held on 11th of May 2015 at the Birzeit University in Palestine, along with a number of other diplomatic missions; such as India, South Africa, Mexico, Korea, Ecuador, Turkey, Japan, Brazil, and...




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Deputy Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka Visits the OPCW

Deputy Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka Visits the OPCW

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Ajith P. Perera, met  Director-General, Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü and  senior officials of the Organization  for Prohibition  of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) on the sidelines of the Global Conference on Cyberspace 2015 held from 16-17th April 2015  in the Netherlands.   The Deputy Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka, Mr Ajith P. Perera, visited the OPCW on 15 April 2015 and met with the Director-General, Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü. Ambassador Üzümcü acknowledged Sri Lanka’s role in implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), including its contributions to OPCW training and assistance activities aimed...


Winning Sri Lanka’s peace

Winning Sri Lanka’s peace

8 April 2015 OPINION Commentary / World By Ranil Wickremesinghe Winning a war or revolution, only to lose the subsequent peace, is one of the grim political truths of our time. In Iraq, a quick military victory over Saddam Hussein’s regime soon gave way to insurgency, civil war and the rise of the murderous Islamic State. In Libya, Syria, Yemen and elsewhere, the hopes unleashed by the Arab Spring have similarly turned into an often-violent despair. Today, a half-decade after the end of its 36-year civil war, Sri Lanka is at a crucial moment in its own efforts to consolidate peace and secure its long-term benefits. Newly elected President Maithripala Sirisena...


LTTE Female Black Tigers Face Social Hostility

LTTE Female Black Tigers Face Social Hostility

By P K Balachandran COLOMBO:In a startling revelation, the Sri Lankan Commissioner General of Rehabilitation Maj Gen Jagath Wijetilleke said that six to seven per cent of the 12,346 male and female cadre of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), who had surrendered to the Sri Lankan armed forces at the end Eelam War IV in May 2009, were members of the dreaded suicide squad called the “Black Tigers”. “But thanks to the Sri Lankan army’s comprehensive rehabilitation programme, none of the 12,077 rehabilitated cadre, including the Black Tigers, has indulged in any crime since release,”   General Wijetilleke told Express. Tough Task Changing the mindset of the...


In the Hills of Sri Lanka’s Tea Country

In the Hills of Sri Lanka’s Tea Country

By ROBERT DRAPER MARCH 27, 2015 The man in the khaki vest slurped noisily from his cup, descended briefly into scowling meditation, spat the contents into a sink and then unleashed a torrent of approving descriptors, lavishly rolling his r’s along the way: “No foreign taste, very refreshing, robust, strong tannins, a tingly sensation at the end of the tongue — good show!” I sipped as well and nodded gravely, thinking: right, but it’s still tea. Granted, it was excellent tea, cultivated just outside the Norwood Estate processing factory where we stood, surrounded by whirring machines and immense bags stuffed with tea leaves. Here, near the town of Hatton, in the alluring hill...


A Fruitful Indian Ocean Yatra

A Fruitful Indian Ocean Yatra

Wednesday, 18th March 2014 By Satish Chandra Narendra Modi’s visit to Seychelles, Mauritius and Sri Lanka has not only bolstered India’s ties with these countries but has also signalled that India intends to pursue a more active policy in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). Before setting out, Modi made known that the IOR was “vital for India’s security and progress” and that India attached “paramount importance” to strengthening relations with the countries. It was, however, in Mauritius whilst speaking on the occasion of the commissioning of offshore patrol vessel Barracuda, that he enunciated his vision for the region aimed at promoting security and growth for all by fostering...




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