The 8th  Bi-Annual Committee of Senior Officials (CSO) of the Indian Ocean Rim Association was held inDurban, South Africa on 30-31 July 2018. Speaking at the inaugural session, Sri Lanka’s head of delegation Saroja Sirisena, Director General/Economic Affairs (Multilateral) of the Foreign Ministry, emphasised that the time is ripe for IORA, which is the premier […]

The Commonwealth Secretary-General Rt. Hon. Patricia Scotland QC will arrive in  Sri Lanka on Wednesday, 01 August for a four-day official visit. This will be her first visit to the country since she assumed the Office of Secretary-General in April 2016. On 01 August, the Secretary-General will call on Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and meet the Minister […]

Representing Sri Lanka at the Conference to Advance Religious Freedom, Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Prasad Kariyawasam remarked that Sri Lanka remains committed to advance and uphold the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; including freedom to change ones religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in […]

Sri Lanka and Kuwait discuss future cooperation: Assistant to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kuwait Ali Suleiman Al-Saeed called on Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana on 24 July 2018. Additionally,the Kuwaiti delegation held detailed discussions on bilateral cooperation between Kuwait and Sri Lanka with Additional Secretary (Bilateral Affairs) Sumith Nakandala and Foreign Ministry and other […]

The 3rd Sri Lanka –Japan Dialogue on Maritime Security, Safety and Oceanic Issues was held on 19 July, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Colombo. The Dialogue forms an important pillar of cooperation envisaged in the Joint Declaration on Comprehensive Partnership between the two countries concluded during the official visit of Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe, Prime Minister […]

His Excellency General Prayut Chan-o-Cha, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand, and his delegation paid an Official Visit to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka from 12 to 13 July 2018 at the invitation of His Excellency Maithripala Sirisena, President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. The Prime Minister of Thailand […]

State Minister of Foreign Affairs Vasantha Senanayake paid an official visit to El Salvador from 6 -9 July 2018 to represent Sri Lanka in the first session of bilateral political consultations between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka and El Salvador. Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Integration and Economic Promotion Carlos Castaneda led […]

At the invitation of President Maithripala Sirisena, the Prime Minister of Thailand General Prayut Chan-o-cha will undertake an official visit to Sri Lanka on 12 and 13 July 2018. This visit takes place against the backdrop of discussions during President Sirisena’s visit to Thailand in November 2015. Prime Minister Chan-o-cha will arrive in Sri Lanka in […]

Sri Lanka retained its Tier 2 ranking in the US State Department Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report for the second consecutive year. The 2018 Report which was released on 28 June 2018 can be accessed online at The annual Trafficking in Persons Report is prepared as per the US Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) […]

Norwegian State Secretary for Development Cooperation, Mr. Jens Frølich Holte, concluded a three-day visit to Sri Lanka on Saturday 23 June 2018. During the visit, State Secretary Holte held meetings with the Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development and Rural Economy Vijith Vijayamuni Zoysa, Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of […]