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Launching of the "Ahanna" programme

Press release dated 09 August 2018, issued by the Department of Government Information with regard to the launching of the "Ahanna" programme, which aims to promote reconciliation and mutual trust among communities.  This programme, initiated by the Ministry of Finance & Mass Media and the Secretariat for Coordinating Reconciliation Mechanisms (SCRM), will be implemented island-wide.

The videos of the programmes held in Dehiwala and Panadura on 08 and 09 August 2018, could be viewed via the following links and are available on the Ministry's Youtube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jW0YOnOnAxU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2us1xFetVaw&t=15s

 

Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana reiterates Sri Lanka's commitment for a comprehensive regional approach to combating people smuggling

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Speaking at the 7th Bali Process Ministerial Conference on people smuggling, human trafficking, and other international crimes on Tuesday 7 August in Bali, Indonesia, Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana reiterated Sri Lanka's commitment for a comprehensive regional approach to combat people smuggling, and to work in partnership with governments, international organizations and civil society to prevent human smuggling, protect and support victims, and bring perpetrators to justice.

Following deliberations at Ministerial and Senior Officials level, the Conference adopted a Ministerial Declaration and Chairman's Statement of the Senior Officials' meeting.

While recognizing the importance of the UN system, and other multilateral organizations as vehicles for international discourse and norm setting, the Minister expressed support to the Bali Process and to implement Sri Lanka's legal obligations with respect to combating migrant smuggling, trafficking in persons and transnational crimes. The Minister explained steps being taken by Sri Lanka including being party to the core international human rights treaties which provide for the prevention and suppression of human trafficking, noting in particular the ratification of the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and its 2015 Protocol, and The Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and Cooperation in Respect of Inter-country Adoption. He also referred to the monitoring mechanisms under Sri Lanka's National Anti- Human Trafficking Task force and the five-year strategic plan (2015-2019) based on the 4 pillars of Prevention, Protection, Prosecution and Partnership, approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

Foreign Minister Marapana was joined by Deputy Minister of Justice, Prison Reforms, and Buddha Sasana, Sarathi Dushmantha, who led Sri Lanka's interventions at the Ministerial session with Business leaders.

The Minister held bilateral discussions with the Foreign Minister of Indonesia (Mdm) Retno Marsudi, Australia's Home Affairs, Immigration and Border Protection Minister Peter Dutton, and IOM's Director General Ambassador William Lacy Swing.

During his remarks at the Conference and during his interactions with Indonesia's Foreign Minister (Mdm) Retno Marsudi, Minister Marapana conveyed Sri Lanka's condolences to all those who have been affected by the devastating earthquake off the island of Lombok in Indonesia.

Associated with Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana at the Conference and related meetings were Sri Lanka's Deputy Minister of Justice, Prison Reforms, and Buddha Sasana Sarathi Dushmantha, Sri Lanka's Ambassador to Indonesia and ASEAN Dharshana M. Perera, and officials from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Justice & Prison Reforms, the Attorney General's Department, and the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Indonesia.

 

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Colombo

 

8 August 2018

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News Reports regarding Imports from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to Sri Lanka

The attention of this Ministry has been drawn to news reports regarding textile imports from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to several countries including Sri Lanka during the period October 2017 and March 2018.

The Ministry wishes to clarify that the information contained in the news reports in relation to Sri Lanka are erroneous.

In keeping with Sri Lanka’s international obligations as a member of the United Nations, the Government of Sri Lanka abides by the provisions of the UN Security Council Resolutions in relation to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Accordingly, necessary domestic regulations in relation to the implementation of relevant UN Security Council Resolutions have been gazetted on 06 October 2017, 19 April 2018 and 14 May 2018 respectively (reference: Extraordinary Gazette Nos. 2039/32, 2067/14 and 2071/3).

Sri Lanka cooperates closely with the UN Security Council Panel of Experts (PoE) for the implementation of the respective Resolutions, and provides responses to questions raised by the PoE from time to time.

There have been several instances where, at the point of data entry into the Customs Automated Data Processing System by the Consignee/ Customs House Agent, the country of export had been selected inadvertently as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, instead of the Republic of Korea. Having clarified this inadvertent error to the PoE, the Sri Lanka Customs has now initiated a mechanism to prevent repetition of such errors in the future.

 

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Colombo

 

08 August 2018

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Forging stronger ties between Switzerland and Sri Lanka

 

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Federal Councillor Simonetta Sommaruga, Head of the Federal Department of Justice and Police of the Swiss Confederation undertook a three-day visit to Sri Lanka, during which she called on President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

The main highlight of the visit was the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Sri Lanka and the Swiss Confederation on the establishment of a Migration Partnership.

Read more: Forging stronger ties between Switzerland and Sri Lanka

 

Minister of Foreign Affairs leads Sri Lanka delegation to the 25th ASEAN Regional Forum

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Minister of Foreign Affairs, Tilak Marapana led the Sri Lanka delegation to the 25th ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Ministerial Meeting held on 4 August 2018 in Singapore.

Inaugurated in 1994 in Thailand, the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) is the principal forum for security dialogue in the Asia-Pacific region which seeks to promote regional development and prosperity while recognizing challenges to regional peace, security and prosperity.

Delivering Sri Lanka’s statement at the Forum, Foreign Minister Marapana highlighted the important areas of cooperation for Sri Lanka, including maritime security, disaster management, defence related confidence building measures and preventive diplomacy, and for sustaining the growing economic dynamism and prosperity of the region. The Foreign Minister also welcomed the steady advancement in the areas of cooperation in the ARF and unreservedly supported the process.

Foreign Minister Marapana held a series of bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the ARF with the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Brunei, Lao PDR and Cambodia, and discussed on areas of mutual interest.

The Sri Lanka delegation included the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in Singapore and senior officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

 

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Colombo.

 

05 August  2018

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Lao PDR extends on arrival visa facility to Sri Lankans

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Lao People's Democratic Republic has confirmed that, with effect from 01 August 2018, Sri Lankan citizens holding valid travel documents could apply for visa on arrival at the international border check points of the Lao People's Democratic Republic.


Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Colombo

01 August 2018


පැමිණීමෙන් පසු වීසා ලබාගැනීමේ පහසුකම ලාඕසය ශ්‍රී ලාංකිකයන් වෙත ලබා දෙයි

2018 අගෝස්තු 01 වැනි දින සිට ක්‍රියාත්මක වන පරිදි, වලංගු ගමන් බලපත්‍ර දරන ශ්‍රී ලාංකිකයන්ට ලාඕස ජනතා ප්‍රජාතන්ත්‍රවාදී ජනරජයේ ජාත්‍යන්තර දේශසීමාවට පැමිණීමෙන් පසු (on arrival) වීසා අයැදුම් කළ හැකි බව එරට විදේශ කටයුතු අමාත්‍යාංශය දැනුම් දී තිබේ.

 

විදේශ කටයුතු අමාත්‍යාංශය

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 2018 අගෝස්තු 01 වැනිදා


லாஓஸ் மக்கள் ஜனநாயக குடியரசு இலங்கையர்களுக்கான வருகை வீசா வசதியை வழங்குகின்றது 

01 ஆகஸ்ட் 2018 முதல் நடைமுறைக்கு வரும் வகையில், செல்லுபடியான கடவுச் சீட்டுக்களை வைத்திருக்கின்ற இலங்கை பிரஜைகள்  லாஓஸ் மக்கள் ஜனநாயக குடியரசின் சர்வதேச எல்லைக்கு வருகை தந்ததன் பின்பு  வீசாக்கு விண்ணப்பிக்க  (ON ARRIVAL) முடியும் என லாஓஸ் மக்கள் ஜனநாயக குடியரசின் வெளிநாட்டலுவல்கள் அமைச்சு தெரிவித்திருக்கின்றது.

 

வெளிநாட்டலுவல்கள் அமைச்சு

கொழும்பு

 

01 ஆகஸ்ட் 2018

 

 

   

Secretary-General of the Commonwealth to visit Sri Lanka from 1-4 August 2018

The Commonwealth Secretary-General Rt. Hon. Patricia Scotland QC will arrive in  Sri Lanka on Wednesday, 01 August for a four-day official visit. This will be her first visit to the country since she assumed the Office of Secretary-General in April 2016.

On 01 August, the Secretary-General will call on Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and meet the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Tilak Marapana. Her meetings on 02 and 03 August will include the Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrama; the Minister of Provincial Councils, Local Government and Sports, Faiszer Musthapha; the Minister of Youth Affairs, Project Management and Southern Development, Sagala Ratnayake; the Minister of Public Administration & Management and Law & Order, Ranjith Madduma Bandara; the Minister of Education, Akila Viraj Kariyawasam; and the Leader of Opposition R. Sampanthan.  The main objective of the Secretary-General’s meetings will be to explore greater cooperation and collaboration in the implementation of the agreed outcomes at the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London, including promoting intra-Commonwealth trade.

Discussions will also include the implementation of the ‘Commonwealth Blue Charter’, under which Sri Lanka holds the role of a champion country to lead the Commonwealth effort towards the restoration of mangroves.

 

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Colombo

30 July 2018

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Joint Press Statement on the Official Visit of His Excellency General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka 12-13 July 2018

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His Excellency General Prayut Chan-o-Cha, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand, and his delegation paid an Official Visit to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka from 12 to 13 July 2018 at the invitation of His Excellency Maithripala Sirisena, President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.

The Prime Minister of Thailand and the President of Sri Lanka had bilateral discussions on 12 July 2018, covering a wide range of issues including political, economic, technical, agricultural, fisheries, cultural, religious, tourism, as well as regional and multilateral cooperation. The two leaders noted with satisfaction the continued close and cordial relations between Thailand and Sri Lanka. Both sides reaffirmed their commitment to further strengthen the existing ties to a higher level of strategic economic partnership. During the discussions, the two leaders also recalled the successful outcome of the Official Visit of the President of Sri Lanka to Thailand in November 2015.

Read more: Joint Press Statement on the Official Visit of His Excellency General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka 12-13 July 2018

   

Tourism Promotional Talk Focussing on Sustainable Tourism and Sri Lankan Elephants

Environmentalist, wildlife enthusiast and expert on Sri Lankan elephants, Srilal Miththapala gave a talk on ‘Sri Lanka Wildlife and Sustainable Tourism with a special focus on elephants’ at the Sri Lanka High Commission in Canberra on 10 July.

The audience consisting travel writers, tourism industry representatives, wildlife and elephant enthusiasts enjoyed the informative and insightful presentation with video clips of elephants in Sri Lanka.

This is the second talk given by Srilal MIththapala at the High Commission and the third in the series of tourism promotional events hosted by the High Commission to provide the tourism industry, travel writers and wildlife experts in Canberra, an opportunity to see a glimpse of what Sri Lanka has to offer in terms of wildlife and sustainable tourism.

After a brief overview of Sri Lanka’s topography and tourism factors, Miththapala focussed on the Sri Lankan elephant which is fast becoming an icon for Sri Lanka tourism. He described the cultural and religious importance of this special animal in Sri Lanka as well as its demographics, behaviour and social life: he also entertained the audience with stories of personal encounters with these gentle giants revered in the Island nation, along with images and videos.

High Commissioner Somasundaram Skandakumar in introducing the speaker highlighted his vast experience in the hospitality industry and in developing sustainable tourism practices in Sri Lanka. The audience was able to interact with the speaker at the end while savouring Sri Lankan tea and delicacies.

 

Sri Lanka High Commission

Canberra

13 July 2018

   

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