State Minister of Foreign Affairs Vasantha Senanayake visited Slovenia at the invitation of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Slovenia Karl Erjavec to attend the 13th Bled Strategic Forum, which was held on 10-11 September 2018. The theme of this year’s Forum was “Bridging the Divide”. State Minister Senanayake was a panellist at the panel discussion on “Alone […]

State Minister of Foreign Affairs Vasantha Senanayake undertook an official visit to Ethiopia from 13 to 17 September 2018.  Sri Lanka established formal diplomatic relations with Ethiopia in 1972, and the Sri Lankan resident Embassy in Addis Ababa was officially opened in February 2017, jointly by the Foreign Ministers of Sri Lanka and Ethiopia. In […]

On receipt of media reports from Italy that a Sri Lankan with a Diplomatic Passport has been arrested at Malpensa Airport in Milan for allegedly trying to smuggle four youths into Italy, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs initiated immediate inquiries to ascertain the veracity of this information. Accordingly, the Officials of the Consulate General of […]

The Member States of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) met in Colombo on 4-5 September, 2018 and finalized the Terms of Reference (ToR) at an initial workshop held for the setting up of the Working Group on Maritime Safety and Security. At the 17th Council of Ministers held in Durban, South Africa in 2017, […]

Ms. Hanaa Singer, the new UN Resident Coordinator and the UNDP Resident Representative in Sri Lanka presented her credentials to President Maithripala Sirisena on 5 September 2018. Ms. Singer has worked for UNICEF for 27 years and has over 15 years of senior management experience in the humanitarian assistance field in different regions including South […]

The Government of the Republic of Zambia, with the concurrence of the Government of Sri Lanka, has appointed Mrs. Judith Kang’oma Kapijimpanga as the High Commissioner of the Republic of Zambia to Sri Lanka in succession of H.E. Brig. Gen. Patrick Rumedyo Tembo (Rtd). She presented her credentials to H.E. Maithripala Sirisena, President of Sri […]

The Government of the Republic of Guatemala, with the concurrence of the Government of Sri Lanka, has appointed Mr. Giovanni René Castillo Polanco as the Ambassador of the Republic of Guatemala to Sri Lanka in succession of H.E. Georges de La Roche Du Ronzet Plihal. He presented his credentials to H.E. Maithripala Sirisena, President of […]

The Government of Malaysia, with the concurrence of the Government of Sri Lanka, has appointed Mr. Tan Yang Thai as the High Commissioner of Malaysia to Sri Lanka in succession of H.E. Wan Zaidi Wan Abdullah. He presented his credentials to H.E. Maithripala Sirisena, President of Sri Lanka on 06 September 2018 at the President’s […]

The Government of the Swiss Confederation, with the concurrence of the Government of Sri Lanka, has appointed Mr. Hanspeter Mock as the Ambassador of the Swiss Confederation to Sri Lanka in succession of H.E. Heinz Walker- Nederkoorn. He presented his credentials to H.E. Maithripala Sirisena, President of Sri Lanka on 06 September 2018 at the […]

President Maithripala Sirisena concluded a two- day bilateral visit to Nepal on Sunday (02 September 2018), announcing Sri Lanka’s readiness to support the implementation of the Lumbini Master Plan, which would ensure the conservation of the historic site and enhance the facilities for pilgrims. The President was in Nepal to attend the 4th BIMSTEC Summit held on […]