Minister Basil Rajapaksa visits New Delhi - India

Minister Basil Rajapaksa who was on a day’s visit to New Delhi met the Minister of External Affairs of India, Salman Khurshid on 5 July.

The two ministers discussed a range of issues of bilateral relevance and reiterated their commitment to strengthening the deep and abiding friendship between India and Sri Lanka.

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Sri Lanka-Seychelles signs three agreements


Sri Lanka and Seychelles signed three agreements today (30) following bilateral discussions between President Mahinda Rajapaksa who is currently on a two-day state visit to Seychelles and his Seychelles counterpart James Alix Michel. The agreements signed were bilateral air-service agreement, MOU on vocational training and youth development and MOU on defense cooperation between the two countries.

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President Rajapaksa’s visit cements SL- Africa relations – Tanzanian President

President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s visit to Tanzania has laid a solid foundation to further enhance cooperation in all sectors between Sri Lanka and the African Continent, Tanzanian President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete said.

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No substitute for a Parliamentary Select Committee to resolve issue relating constitutional reform FM

There is no substitute for a Parliamentary Select Committee to resolve in a systematic and all-inclusive manner the issues relating to constitutional reform which are now the subject of vigorous debate in the country, Professor G.L. Peiris, Minister of External Affairs, told Ambassadors and High Commissioners accredited to Sri Lanka at a briefing at the Ministry of External Affairs on 26th June 2013.

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Australia pledges fullest support for Sri Lanka CHOGM


Prime Minister Julia Gillard of Australia told External Affairs Minister Professor G.L. Peiris that she is looking forward to attending the Commonwealth Summit in Sri Lanka, and that Australia will do everything she can to ensure total success of the event. She made this observation at a meeting in the Australian Parliament in Canberra on Wednesday.

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Proscribe LTTE in Australia - Minister GL Peiris


Sri Lanka's External Affairs Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris has said that the remnants of the defeated Tamil terrorist organization of Sri Lanka, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is still active in Australia and asked Australia to proscribe the terror outfit. 

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Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris discuss Sri Lankan issues with German Foreign Ministe

External Affairs Minister Professor G.L. Peiris, during his bilateral discussions in Berlin with Dr. Guido Westerwelle, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany, emphasized that conditions in Sri Lanka today are conducive to significant expansion of trade and investment relations between the two countries.  Germany, he pointed out, is the second largest investor from the European Union in Sri Lanka, a very significant source of tourism, and the largest source of grant and soft loan assistance from the European Union to Sri Lanka.  In these circumstances, it is important for Germany to be fully informed, Minister Peiris said, about current developments in Sri Lanka.
 

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Sri Lanka expanding relations with Africa

Delivering a keynote address at an event to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the Organization of African Unity (OAU)/African Union (AU) in Colombo recently, Secretary of the Ministry of External Affairs,  Karunathilaka Amunugama said relations between Sri Lanka and Africa has a long distinguished history beginning with the arrival of Arab traders in the early 11th century and the island nation hopes to enhance its existing economic and trade relations with the African nations further through business exchanges.

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Well on the Road to Reconciliation High Commissioner Dr. Chris Nonis tells BBC World Service

Sri Lanka's post-conflict measures at reconciliation, rehabilitation, reintegration, and reconstruction were highlighted by High Commissioner Dr Chris Nonis during an interview on BBC World News today.

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Sri Lanka – Thailand focus on enhancing defence and security ties


Enhancing defence and security relations between Sri Lanka and Thailand was emphasised when Prime Minister of Thailand Yingluck Shinawatra called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo this morning.

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President at Global Services Forum:SL’s Economic Development Closely Linked to the Reconciliation

President Mahinda Rajapaksa addressed the opening ceremony of the Global Services Forum Beijing Summit this morning at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

“As Asian countries transform to become service-driven economies, it is important that we work towards creating greater synergies,” President Rajapaksa said in his speech.

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Sri Lankan President Rajapaksa meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping


China has pledged to provide further funding to develop Sri Lanka’s transport sector that includes a number of expressways, road networks and railway lines, including a new Colombo-Jaffna expressway. The agreement was one of several others reached during bilateral meetings between Sri Lanka and China that took place in Beijing this afternoon.

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Let us resolve during this Vesak to seek refuge in the Noble Triple Gem - President

The discipline instilled form Buddha's teaching enabled our nation to achieve a great culture, bringing worldwide honor and respect to us as a nation states President Mahinda Rajapaksa in a Vesak message.
 

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World can benefit from rich Vesak traditions - UN Secretary General

Vesak Day is a celebration for Buddhists worldwide and an opportunity for all members of the international community to benefit from their rich traditions, states UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon in a Vesak message.
 

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Sri Lanka – South Africa Partnership Forum Concludes in Pretoria

The Fourth Session of the Senior Officials Meeting of the Sri Lanka – South Africa Partnership Forum was held on 21st May 2013  in Pretoria, South Africa.  External Affairs Secretary K. Amunugama led the Sri Lanka delegation with Sri Lanka High Commissioner Shehan Ratnavale in attendance. Deputy Director General / Addl. Secretary (Asia & Middle East) of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), Anil Sooklal led the South Africa Delegation with South Africa High Commissioner Geoffrey Doidge in attendance.
 

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"This land will remain ours, there is no room for separation" – President

Sri Lanka celebrated the fourth anniversary of the victory in the humanitarian operation with the Victory Day parade at Galle Face - in the capital of Colombo, this morning under the patronage of the President, Mahinda Rajapaksa. The massive Humanitarian Victory Day parade with the participation of the troops who actively took part during the final stages of the war against the rebels, took place following the president's speech. There was also a two-minute silence in memory of 24,000 security force personnel who died during the conflict, which ended in 2009.Addressing the event, President Rajapaksa said, "We will not allow a single inch of the land that you won by the sacrifice of your life to be taken away. There will be no room for separation".

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President stresses significance of Local Government for Democracy - SL President

Our experience demonstrates the vital role of local traditions and culture in moulding the practices of local government institutions. It also highlights the unique significance of the part played by these institutions in sustaining and strengthening the democratic way of life. This is especially so, because democratic governance impacts most directly on the people through these institutions which bring government literally to their doorstep, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said.  

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President declares open new Sri Lankan High Commission in Uganda

President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni opened the new Sri Lankan High Commission in Kampala, Uganda yesterday (13).   

The new Sri Lankan High Commission in Uganda is the 62nd Sri Lankan diplomatic mission abroad and the 6th in the African continent. The last three were opened during President Rajapaksa’s tenure.

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Ambassador Amza intervenes at Channel4 screening at EU


Intervention made by the Ambassador P.M. Amza, Head of Mission to the European Union, at the Screening of the “No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka” at the Premises of the European Parliament on 14 May 2013.

The Government of Sri Lanka strongly protests the use of the premises of the European Parliament for screening of this film today. My presence here is to reject the contents of this film and to make a brief statement. I would like to stress that my presence is in no way meant to give credence to either the event or the documentary.

Full text of the Intervention and Press Release.

Statement by the Ministry of External Affairs

Contact and interaction between Sri Lanka and India has continued since time immemorial.  Civilisational ties and cultural links between all parts of India and Sri Lanka have been substantial.  Since Independence, both nations have followed an unbroken tradition of democracy.  The Governments of India and Sri Lanka have worked closely to combat terrorism and extremism, safeguarding the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Sri Lanka and the right of all Sri Lankans to live in peace with dignity and justice.

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Respect UN Charter provisions against threats to political independence of member states – President

President Mahinda Rajapaksa reminded the world of the provisions in the United Nations Charter of calling on all nations to refrain from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state in their international relations. 

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Internationalization will hinder local process – Minister Peiris

“Mr. James Moore who was Deputy Chief of Mission of the US Embassy in Colombo, you would be able to see the difference between that time and now on the ground, in the war affected areas,’’ External Affairs Minister Prof G. L Peiris told Mr. Moore who is one of the members of the US high level delegation now in Colombo, when he met with the delegation last evening.

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Minister Peiris calls on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh

Minister of External Affairs Prof. GL Peiris, who is currently in New Delhi in connection with the 8th Session of the India-Sri Lanka Joint Commission called on Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on 23 January. Minister Peiris conveyed the greetings of President Mahinda Rajapaksa to Prime Minister Singh. Recalling President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s recent visit to India in September 2012, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh requested Minister Peiris to convey his warm personal regards to the President and assured Minister Peiris that India’s cooperation with Sri Lanka in all sectors is accorded highest priority.
 

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India - Sri Lanka Joint Press Statement

The Eighth meeting of the India-Sri Lanka Joint Commission was held on 22 January 2013 in New Delhi. It was co-chaired by Shri Salman Khurshid, Minister of External Affairs of India and Prof. G.L. Peiris, Minister of External Affairs of Sri Lanka. The Joint Commission Meeting (JCM) was preceded by the Senior Officials Meeting at the level of the Foreign Secretaries of the two countries on 21 January 2013.

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Thai Pongal marks renewal of strong links between humans and nature – President

The Thai Pongal festival marks a renewal of the strong links between humans and nature and the unity of people and communities in worship to deities and in day-to-day life. It is a symbol of devotion to deities, gratitude for blessings, and hopeful beginnings for the future, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said.

“This festival brings families together in a spirit of renewed affection and understanding and joins communities in paying tribute to the Sun God for a successful harvest and expectations of continued blessings for good harvests and success in the coming year,” President said in a message to mark the Thai Pongal festival.

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President Rajapaksa and the Government deplores the beheading of Miss Rizana Nafeek

It has been confirmed that Miss Rizana Nafeek was beheaded by Saudi authorities this morning at Dawadmy, Saudi Arabia.

The Sri Lankan housemaid was employed for less than 6 weeks in 2005 when she was charged by her Saudi employer for allegedly killing their infant while she was bottle feeding and thereafter sentenced to death in the year 2007.  

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