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State Minister of Foreign Affairs Vasantha Senanayake attends 12th Bled Strategic Forum 2017 in Slovenia

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State Minister of Foreign Affairs Vasantha Senanayake attended the 12th Bled Strategic Forum in Slovenia on 4th to 05th September 2017 at the invitation of Hon. Karl Erjavec, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Slovenia. The visit was preceded by a bilateral segment on 30th August to 2nd September 2017 in the Capital Ljubljana. 

Read more: State Minister of Foreign Affairs Vasantha Senanayake attends 12th Bled Strategic Forum 2017 in Slovenia

 

Foreign Minister Marapana undertakes his first official overseas visit to India

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Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana visiting New Delhi from 8th – 10th September 2017, called on the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and held talks with the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. National Security Advisor Ajit Doval called on Minister Marapana as well. 

Read more: Foreign Minister Marapana undertakes his first official overseas visit to India

 

Address by Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana, Indian Ocean Conference

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Address by Hon Tilak Marapana

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka

Indian Ocean Conference 2017

31st August- 1st September 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka 

Excellencies,

Distinguished Guests,

Ladies & Gentlemen, 

The Indian Ocean has historically been a powerful communication channel for the spread of culture, global trade and commerce. Today, the Indian Ocean’s traditional status as a major source of livelihood is more valid than ever before, as it remains an important international trade highway. 

Read more: Address by Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana, Indian Ocean Conference

 

Hon. Tilak Marapana assumes duties as Minister of Foreign Affairs

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Hon. Tilak Marapana, Minister of Development Assignments assumed duties at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on Friday 18 August 2017. 

Minister Marapana was received by the Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Prasad Kariyawasam and senior staff upon arrival at the Ministry. Following the lighting of the traditional oil lamp and holding of religious observances, the Minister officially assumed duties at the Ministry.

Read more: Hon. Tilak Marapana assumes duties as Minister of Foreign Affairs

 

President's message addressed to King of Spain on terrorist attacks in Spain

18 August 2017

 

His Majesty King Felipe VI

Kingdom of Spain 

Your Majesty, 

I am deeply saddened by the terrorist attacks in Spain on 17 August that resulted in the death and injury of so many innocent people. 

The Government and people of Sri Lanka join me in offering sincere condolences to the families and friends of those who lost their loved ones as a result of the heinous attacks. We hold the people of Spain close in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time, and wish those injured a swift recovery. 

Read more: President's message addressed to King of Spain on terrorist attacks in Spain

 

Prasad Kariyawasam assumes duties as Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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Following his appointment by President Maithripala Sirisena on 29 July, as Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Prasad Kariyawasam assumed duties yesterday morning, Tuesday 15 August 2017.

Mr. Kariyawasam joined the Sri Lanka Foreign Service in 1981. Prior to his appointment as Secretary, he served as the Ambassador for Sri Lanka to the United States of America from July 2014 to August 2017. He has held diplomatic assignments in Geneva, Riyadh, Washington, New York and New Delhi, and has served as Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in New York and Geneva and High Commissioner to India.  He has been previously concurrently accredited as Ambassador / High Commissioner to Chile, Colombia, Trinidad and Tobago, the Bahamas, Jamaica, the Holy See, Bhutan and Afghanistan.

Biodata of Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs - (PDF) 

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Colombo

16 August 2017

   

State Minister of Foreign Affairs Attends BIMSTEC Ministerial Meeting in Kathmandu

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State Minister of Foreign Affairs Vasantha Senanayake attended the Fifteenth Ministerial Meeting of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) in Kathmandu, Nepal, on 11 August 2017. 

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Dengue Epidemic in Sri Lanka is successfully brought under control

The Dengue Epidemic that has become a concern in Sri Lanka for the past few months is successfully brought under control by the measures taken by the relevant government authorities and collective effort of the general public alike, Sri Lanka Tourism confirms. Reported cases have dropped by 35-40% since mid-July according to the sources of Ministry of Health. Regular campaigns were implemented to educate, clean up areas and other preventive measures have been taking place to control the spreading of the disease under guidance and surveillance of the Ministry of Health of Sri Lanka.

Read more: Dengue Epidemic in Sri Lanka is successfully brought under control

   

Collection of Biometrics from Passport Applicants Applying through Sri Lanka Diplomatic Missions

IMPORTANT NOTICE

Kindly be informed that all passport applicants, applying through Sri Lanka Missions overseas from 1st November 2017, will be required to provide their biometric information (fingerprint and digital face image) to the Department of Immigration and Emigration, upon their first entry to Sri Lanka after obtaining their passports. At present biometrics are not collected from applicants who submit passport applications through Sri Lanka Missions overseas. Mandatory collection of biometrics of passport applicants in Sri Lanka was initially introduced a system of on 15th August 2015. This system is being extended to all passport applicants in order to strengthen the integrity of the passport issuance process. Necessary facilities will be available at the Department’s Head Office and branches in Sri Lanka including at airports, to complete this process to minimize inconvenience caused to the applicants.

Consulate General of Sri Lanka

Toronto 

01.08.2017

 

 

   

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