Sri Lanka's US$ 1,500mn Int'l Sovereign Bond Issue over subscribed

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The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL), on behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka (Sri Lanka), successfully raised US$1,500 million 10-year International Sovereign Bonds (Bond) with a coupon of 6.850% per annum at par on October 27, 2015. 
 
This marks Sri Lanka’s ninth US Dollar benchmark as well as the largest offering in the international bond market since 2007, Central Bank said in a Press Release.
 

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Sri Lanka at IORA Ministerial Meeting to Enhance Marine Economic Cooperation

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Hon. Dr. Harsha de Silva, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, attended the 15th Meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), which was held in 23rd October in Padang, Indonesia.
 
 
 
The Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) is the only regional organization consisting coastal nations bordering the Indian Ocean and seven dialogue partners consisting of the world’s leading economies.  IORA performs as a regional forum for strengthening economic, socio-cultural and technological cooperation among the member states through mutual cooperation. Maritime Safety & Security, Trade & Investment Facilitation, Fisheries and Aquaculture Management, Academic, Science & Technology Cooperation and Tourism & cultural Exchanges are IORA’s priority areas towards reaching economic prosperity in the region. 
 

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Economic Diplomacy kicks off with inter Agency collaboration

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In line with the government’s policy to enhance the economic development of the country, under the guidance of Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is geared to intensify the promotion of trade, investment and all economic endeavors through economic diplomacy.

As a first step in that direction, an inter-agency task force was established and the first meeting was held today (15.10.2015) in the Ministry with relevant Government agencies, Private Sector Institutions including Business Chambers.

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Memorial Speech by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at the National Diet of Japan

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  Memorial Speech by Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe – Prime Minister of Sri Lanka
at the National Diet of Japan 
on 6th October 2015
Sri Lanka – Japan Relations : Future Direction

His Excellency the Speaker, 
His Excellency the Prime Minister,
Distinguished Members of the Diet,
Ladies and Gentlemen.

It is with great pleasure and privilege and respect that I address this august audience. We have been in your country for three days and we leaving back to Sri Lanka tomorrow. My Delegation, including my wife and of course myself, were made to feel more than at home by your unique, sincere and warm hospitality and the courtesies integral and inherent to the peoples of Japan. We were extremely touched by the most cordial and congenial reception extended by the Government of Japan as well.

On this momentous occasion, I wish to take this opportunity to convey our good wishes and sincere appreciation on behalf of President Maithripala Sirisena, the Parliament and the peoples of Sri Lanka, to His Imperial Majesty the Emperor, the Prime Minister, the Government, the National Diet and the peoples of Japan.

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Japan pledges Yen 45 Billion for BIA development

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday pledged ¥45 billion in loans to expand Sri Lanka’s sole international airport.After meeting with Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at his office in Tokyo, the two leaders agreed to upgrade the bilateral relationship to a comprehensive partnership covering a wide range of areas, including politics, security and economics.
 
“To support its economy, we will further work together with Sri Lanka in three fields: promoting investment, cooperating on a national development plan, and national reconciliation and peace-building” under the enhanced partnership, Abe said.

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Foreign Minister Mangala addresses International Peace Institute

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On Tuesday, 29th September 2015, the International Peace Institute (IPI) hosted a high-level event focusing on how to reform and strengthen the international response to conflicts around the world and adopt a holistic vision of sustaining peace. 
 
Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera took part in the event and addressed the IPI. Other speakers were the Foreign Ministers of Sweden, Angola, Sierra Leone and Brazil; the President of the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly and the Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support Office. The Address of the Foreign Minister to the Institute is as follows below:-
 

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President Sirisena addresses 70th Session of the UN General Assembly

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Address by H.E. President Maithripala Sirisena
at the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly,
New York, 30th September 2015

Mr. President,
Mr. Secretary General,
Excellencies,
Delegates,
Ladies and Gentleman 

Being a long standing member of the United Nations, it is indeed an honour and a pleasure for me to address the United Nations Annual General Assembly as the newly elected President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. 

Your Excellency Mogens Lykketoft, on behalf of the Government and people of Sri Lanka, please accept my heartfelt congratulations on your election as the President of the 70th Session of the General Assembly. 
 

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Sri Lanka, as a pioneer of eco-sensitive civilization will strive to achieve SDG goals – President

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President Maithripala Sirisena said Sri Lanka will act with determination as a pioneer of eco-sensitive civilization that is emerging in the 21st century to achieve the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals and targets that have been adopted by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
 
Addressing the UNGA Session on Sustainable Development in New York today (September 27), he said sustainable development encapsulates the equilibrium between social and economic development and environmental protection.
 

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UN Human Rights Council Resolution on Sri Lanka: Comments by Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera & Text of Draft Resolution

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Today we have achieved a path-breaking success in the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva at the current 30th Session.

For the last several years, Sri Lanka was repeatedly humiliated by the international community with Resolutions that censured the conduct of our country. Successive resolutions since 2012, adopted by divisive and acrimonious voting, resulted in repeated defeats and isolation for Sri Lanka.

Although the Government at the time claimed victory through a Resolution in the Human Rights Council in May 2009, that was hardly a victory for the people of Sri Lanka, as that effort failed to achieve consensus in the Council. The Resolution, which was adopted by a vote, antagonised a large number of members of the Council, paving the way for the series of Resolutions that followed in 2012, 2013 and 2014 that was an affront to the people of my country and brought disrepute to Sri Lanka.

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Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany - concludes visit to Sri Lanka

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German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier who visited Sri Lanka at the invitation of Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera concluded his one day visit to Sri Lanka today, Tuesday 22 September 2015. 

During the visit which was the first official visit by a German Foreign Minister in 11 years, Foreign Minister Steinmeier called on President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat, had a meeting with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at Temple Trees and held official bilateral talks with Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and later the same evening was hosted to dinner. The delegation at the talks included Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Harsha De Silva, Secretary of Foreign Affairs Chitranganee Wagiswara and other senior officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Minister Steinmeier also visited the construction site of the German Technical Training Institute in Kilinochchi. 

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India assures unwavering support to Sri Lanka to deepen human and economic links

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India offered Sri Lanka full support to strengthen connectivity between the two countries to deepen human and economic links that will benefit all sections of the two societies when Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi held talks in New Delhi Tuesday. (15)

Indian PM issuing a statement after the meeting that took place this morning at the Hyderabad House said Sri Lanka's progress is important for the two countries, South Asia and the maritime region.

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Dep. Foreign Minister Dr. Harsha to focus on Economic Diplomacy

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Hon. Dr. Harsha de Silva assumed duties as the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, today, Friday 11th September 2015.

The Deputy Minister was received at the Ministry by the Secretary of the Ministry and other senior officials. A religious ceremony was held at the Ministry prior to his assuming duties.

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Visit of UAE Foreign Minister H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nayhan to Sri Lanka

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The United Arab Emirates’ Foreign Minister, His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nayhan, visited Sri Lanka on the invitation of the Government of Sri Lanka.

During bilateral consultations the Foreign Ministers explored ways of strengthening trade and investment ties, improving the welfare of Sri Lankan workers in the UAE, and collaborating on issues of regional and international concern.

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End politics of conflict and extend a helping hand to strengthen the politics of consociation – President urges MPs

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President Maithripala Sirisena called on all political parties to end politics of conflict and extend a helping hand to strengthen the politics of consociation initiated by the government. Pointing out that one major national party ruled the country for 35 years and the other main party ruled for 32 years, he urged all the Members of Parliament representing different political parties to cooperate with the government’s determined initiative to usher in a new political culture of consociation.
 
President Sirisena made this declaration at the opening session of the 8th Parliament of Sri Lanka today (September 1). He said that the post conflict era is the most suitable time for Sri Lanka to work as a joint force to face all the internal and international challenges. He emphasized that the launching of this new culture of unity under a national government would be immensely helpful to build reconciliation between the communities and speed up socio economic progress to achieve human development targets set for 2020 and beyond.
 

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Remarks by Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Foreign Affairs to the Diplomatic Corps based in Colombo, 28 August 2015

Your Excellencies,

It is my pleasure, this evening, to welcome all of you today to the Republic building, having been sworn in early this week as the Minister of Foreign Affairs. At the moment Sri Lanka has the dubious honour of having the smallest Cabinet in the world, having had the largest in the world last year. At the moment we have a Cabinet of five, but the Government will be in place by Wednesday.

In fact I recall vividly Your Excellencies, the last time I met all of you together as a group, I believe it was on the 12th of May; one of the questions directed at me was, by one of you here was when were Parliamentary Elections likely to be held. My reply at the time was that ‘only God and the President know the answer to that question’.

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Nisha Biswal appreciated President’s initiatives towards democracy, peace & reconciliation

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Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, Nisha Biswal appreciated President Maithripala Sirisena’s initiatives towards democracy, peace & reconciliation in this country.

She made these observations when She met with President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat today (25).

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Remarks to the media by Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera and US Asst. Secretaries of State Nisha Biswal and Tom Malinowski

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Remarks to the media by

Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Foreign Affairs following call by Ms. Nisha Biswal, Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia of the US State Department

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Colombo: 25 August 2015

Good Morning Ladies & Gentlemen.

I have just concluded discussions with Ms. Nisha Biswal, Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia and Mr. Tom Malinowski, Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights and Labour of the US State Department. I also welcomed Ambassador Atul Keshap who just assumed duties as the United States’ Ambassador to Sri Lanka.

We have continued the dialogue that began following the election of President Sirisena in January and my appointment as Foreign Minister then.

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Mangala Samaraweera appointed as Foreign Minister

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Hon. Mangala Samaraweera MP was appointed today as Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister. Taking oaths in the presence of President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat, he re-affirmed his commitment to “faithfully perform the duties and discharge the functions of the office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs in accordance with the Constitution”.

This is the third time Minister Samaraweera will hold the portfolio, having held it for the first time between November 2005 and January 2007, and for the second time between January 2015 and August 2015.

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‘I will stand by Sri Lanka to correct misconceptions within international community’ – Tony Blair

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The former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said that he will stand by Sri Lanka to correct the misconceptions about the country within the international community.

He made these observations when he met with President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat today (24). The former British Prime Minister arrived in Sri Lanka recently on a private visit.

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Address by Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Memorial Lecture

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Address by Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera
at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Memorial Lecture
Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute of International Relations & Strategic Studies, Colombo: 24 August 2015


I have the honour today, as the Chairman of the Board of the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute for International Relations and Strategic Studies, to speak a little about my late cabinet colleague Mr. Lakshman Kadirgamar and also introduce our guest speaker, the Rt. Hon. Tony Blair.  

On 12th August 2005, 10 years ago, this country lost one of her illustrious sons, the Hon. Lakshman Kadirgamar. A fearless critic of terrorism, he courted death from the moment he took over the portfolio of Foreign Affairs in those challenging days for our country. Finally, ten years ago, a sniper’s bullets managed to silence him forever. Ladies and gentlemen Minister Kadirgamar was a much loved and much admired Foreign Minister of our country. He earned the respect and admiration of his counterparts, leaders of foreign countries, those of us who were honoured to be his colleagues in Cabinet at the time, and all those who had the pleasure of meeting him. Bestowed perhaps with a prophetic view of evolving global threats, he warned western democracies well before 9/11 that they were being too passive about the activities of terrorist organisations – especially their fund raising and planning activities.

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Ranil Wickremasinghe sworn in as Prime Minister

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The leader of the United National Party (UNP) Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn in as the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka before President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat today (21).

After Mr. Wickremesinghe took oaths as the new PM, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the United National Party (UNP), to work together in the next Parliament.

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President Sirisena concludes State Visit to Maldives for the 50th Anniversary of Independence

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President Maithripala Sirisena returned to Sri Lanka on Monday (27th July) afternoon concluding his State Visit to Maldives for the 50th Anniversary of Independence.

President Sirisena was accorded a ceremonial welcome in Maldives. He attended the official function to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Independence and the special reception held on the occasion on Sunday 26th July.

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Sri Lanka welcomes the successful conclusion of negotiations on the Iran nuclear issue

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Sri Lanka welcomes the successful conclusion of negotiations between Iran and the US, UK, France, Germany, China, Russia and the European Union in Vienna on 14 July 2015.

Sri Lanka has always supported efforts by the international community to resolve the Iran nuclear issue amicably, respecting Iran’s right to peaceful uses of nuclear energy and ensuring the exclusively peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear programme.

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Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera Concludes Successful Visit to Japan

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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.

The discussions between the two Foreign Ministers ranged from bilateral political and economic relations, to cooperation in the multilateral fora. The two sides referred to the excellent relations between the two countries built on a solid foundation of historical and religious ties, as well as mutual understanding and friendship.

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'Sri Lanka, Ethical Sourcing Destination' Says EDB Chairman at Expo Milano 2015

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Speaking at a Press Conference at the Sri Lankan Pavilion of Expo Milano 2015, Mr. Bandula Egodage, Chairman - Sri Lanka Export Development Board called Sri Lanka an 'Ethical Sourcing Destination'. His claim was strongly endorsed by Ms. Ghizzoni of International Trade Center (ITC) Geneva and Dr. Doninetti of Italian Foreign Trade Association (AICE).
 
A press conference themed 'Sri Lanka, ethical sourcing destination' was successfully completed on May 22, 2015 at Sri Lanka Pavilion of Expo Milano - the World Exposition, under the chair of Mr. Bandula Egodage – Chairman & Chief Executive Sri Lanka Export Development Board with the head table attendance of Ms. Ludovica Ghizzoni – Advisor ITC Geneva, Dr. David Doninetti – Secretary General AICE and Mr. Dammika Jayawardane – Pavilion Director Sri Lanka.
 

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Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera concludes first official visit to Berlin

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At the invitation of his counterpart, the Federal Foreign Minister of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera visited Berlin from 21st - 23rd May 2015.

The visit, which was his first as Foreign Minister, was focused on renewing relations with Germany, Sri Lanka’s largest trading partner in Europe, and resetting ties through greater cooperation in diverse fields including technical and vocational training for Sri Lanka’s youth, and expanding trade and investment.

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