The Minister for External Affairs Professor G.L. Peiris held a series of briefings at the Ministry of  External Affairs on 1st and 2nd February for the Colombo-based Heads of Diplomatic Missions relating to the progress made by the Inter-Agency  Committee (IAC) in implementing the interim recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC).  The […]

The Foreign Secretary of India, Mrs. Nirupama Rao, visited Sri Lanka on 30-31 January 2011.  During her visit, she called on His Excellency President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Hon’ble Minister of External Affairs, Prof. G.L. Peiris, on 31st January 2011.  She also met Secretary to the President Mr. Lalith Weeratunga, Defence Secretary Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa […]

Speech of Hon. Rohitha Bogollagama, Minister of Foreign Affairs At the Preparatory Ministerial Meeting of XV NAM Summit Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, 13 -14 July 2009 Interactive Debate “International Solidarity for Peace and Development” Thank you for the opportunity afforded me to speak at this Interactive Debate. Let me begin my speech by expressing the deepest […]

DIALOGUE WITH THE SRI LANKAN DIASPORAMt. Lavinia Hotel -28th March 2009 Dr. Palitha T.B. Kohona, Secretary/Foreign Affairs It gives me great pleasure to welcome you at this crucial point in the history of Sri Lanka. As you all know, the moment is near when we shall see the results of the supreme sacrifices made by […]

Statement by Hon. Rohitha Bogollagama, MP, Minister of Foreign Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 18 February 2009 Your Excellencies, Ladies & Gentlemen, As part of my regular briefings to the Diplomatic Corps, I have convened this meeting today in order to deal with two specific subjects; the North-Western and the Central Provincial […]

Keynote Address by President Mahinda Rajapaksa to the Honorary Consuls of Sri Lanka abroad – Presidential Secretariat, Colombo – January 19, 2009 Hon. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rohitha Bogollagama, Senior Officials of Government, Honorary Consuls representing Sri Lanka overseas, Ladies and Gentlemen, First, let me take this opportunity to wish you a very happy 2009. […]

The Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations, Ambassador H. M. G. S. Palihakkara addressed the UN Security Council at the Open debate on Threats to International Peace and Security Causes by Terrorist Acts on 09th December 2008. In his presentation Ambassador Palihakkara said that “…attacks by terrorists, whether they are from within […]

Your Excellency, Dr. Manmohan Singh, Excellencies, Distinguished Delegates, On this landmark occasion of the Second BIMSTEC Summit in New Delhi, I express my deep appreciation to His Excellency Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India and the Government of India for the warm and gracious hospitality extended to me and my delegation and for the […]

Statement by Hon. Rohitha Bogollagama, Minister of Foreign Affairs at the 11th Session of the BIMSTEC Ministerial Meeting 12 November 2008, New Delhi Your Excellency Shri Pranab Mukherjee, Minister of External Affairs of India, Excellencies, Distinguished delegates, It is indeed a pleasure to be in New Delhi on the occasion of the 11th BIMSTEC Ministerial […]

In Sinhala  Statement of Hon. Rohitha Bogollagama, M.P., Minister of Foreign Affairs in Parliament on 04 November 2008 Hon. Speaker, I am sure that Hon. Members are closely following developments in the country, especially the ongoing operations by our security forces in the North, to disarm the LTTE, and restore democracy, peace and stability to […]