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Foreign Minister Samaraweera signs agreement for creation of Commonwealth Trade Finance Fund for Small States

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Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera together with the Foreign Ministers of India, Malta and Mauritius signed a Declaration of Intent for the creation of a Commonwealth Trade Finance Facility to assist boost trade and investment flows, particularly for small and developing countries in Malta on 26th November 2015.

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Visit of Russian Delegation of the Council of the Federation of the Federal Assembly - 30th November – 2nd December

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A five-member delegation led by Mr. Ilyas Mahomed-Salomovich Umakhanov, Vice Chairman of the Council of the Federation of the Federal Assembly visited Sri Lanka from 30th November to 2nd December 2015. 

Read more: Visit of Russian Delegation of the Council of the Federation of the Federal Assembly - 30th November – 2nd December

 

Common values are important and not the power of wealth – President Sirisena tells Commonwealth

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President Maithripala Sirisena said he is fully satisfied with the accomplishment of goals set at the last Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Colombo and during the period of the last two years, when Sri Lanka was the Chair in Office of the Commonwealth.

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Remarks to the Media by Foreign Minister following talks with US Permanent Representative to the UN

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Remarks to Media by Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Foreign Affairs

following talks with H.E. Ambassador Samantha Powers,

Permanent Representative of the USA to the United Nations

Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 21st November 2015

Good evening ladies and gentlemen.

It has been an honour and a privilege today to welcome Ambassador Samantha Power to this historic Republic building.

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Annual Review of Proscribed Entities Under UN Regulation No. 1 of 2012

The Government of Sri Lanka proscribed 16 organisations and 424 individuals under Gazette Extraordinary No. 1854/41 on 21 March 2014 using powers under the United Nations Act No. 45 of 1968. The proscription was announced eight days before Western and Southern Provincial Council elections, which were held on 29 March 2014.

The initial proscription process was conducted in haste and was not subject to a rigorous process of assessment and verification. Many of the listed organisations had never condoned violence or terrorism. Some of the proscribed individuals were even dead at the time of proscription - including one individual who died 8 years prior to the proscription.

Read more: Annual Review of Proscribed Entities Under UN Regulation No. 1 of 2012

 

Galle Dialogue 2015

The statement made by the Hon. Prime Minister at the inauguration of the Galle Dialogue 2015 on Monday 23 November 2015.

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IMPORTANT NOTICE

Please note that the Visa Fees & Consular Charges will be amended with effect from 01.10.2015 and the new Charges are given below;

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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.

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

   

Foreign Minister Samaraweera assumes duties

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Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera assumed duties at the Foreign Ministry today. This is his third stint at the Foreign Ministry, having been Foreign Minister 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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