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Foreign Minister Marapana underlines that the prime duty of Sri Lankan Defence Attachés is to serve the country and its people

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Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana said that the prime duty of Sri Lankan Defence Attachés assigned to Sri Lanka Missions overseas is to serve the country and its people and that they should be mindful of the fact that they are 'there to serve and not to be served'.

Foreign Minister Marapana made these remarks attending as the chief guest of the certificate awarding ceremony of the Intensive Training Programme for military officers who would be assigned as Defence Attachés/ Advisors in Sri Lanka Missions overseas, organized by the Bandaranaike International Diplomatic Training Institute (BIDTI), the training arm of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The certificate awarding ceremony was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday (08 March). The participating military officers received their certificates from Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana upon successful completion of the training programme.

Read more: Foreign Minister Marapana underlines that the prime duty of Sri Lankan Defence Attachés is to serve the country and its people

 

5TH Meeting of Sri Lanka - European Commission Joint Readmission Committee

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The 5th meeting of the Joint Readmission Committee between Sri Lanka and the European Community was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Colombo on 11th March 2019.

The Meeting was co-chaired by Additional Secretary (Multilateral Affairs), Ahmed A. Jawad of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Deputy Head of Unit of Irregular Migration and Return Policy, Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs (DG-Home) of the European Commission, Dan Rotenberg.

The Agreement between the European Community and the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka on the Readmission of Persons Residing without Authorisation, was signed on the 4th of June 2004 and entered into force on 1st May 2005.  It was part of an initiative to combat illegal migration and was also an indication of the commitment of the Government of Sri Lanka and the European Community to combat all forms of organized crimes.  The Agreement also guarantees the safe and orderly return of illegal migrants and failed asylum seekers back to their country of origin.

The discussions were held in a very cordial atmosphere with both Parties pledging support in fulfilling the obligations under the Agreement.

Read more: 5TH Meeting of Sri Lanka - European Commission Joint Readmission Committee

 

Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between Sri Lanka and Burundi

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Upon the signing of the Agreement by H.E. Dr. Amrith Rohan Perera, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations and H.E. Mr. Albert Shingiro, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Burundi to the United Nations on 11th March 2019 in New York, the Government of Sri Lanka and the Government of Burundi decided to establish Diplomatic Relations between the two countries with effect from 11th March 2019.

The establishment of diplomatic ties between Sri Lanka and Burundi would enhance the existing friendly relations and cooperation in the political, socio-economic and cultural fields for the mutual benefit of the two countries.

 

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Colombo.
 

Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana reaffirms commitment to consolidate the Sri Lanka –Cyprus bilateral engagement and officially inaugurates the Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Nicosia

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Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana reaffirmed Sri Lanka’s commitment to advance and broaden the scope of the bilateral engagement with Cyprus, when he met the country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Christodoulides for discussions last week. This was the first official visit to Cyprus undertaken by a Sri Lankan Foreign Minister since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1963.

During the visit, he called on H.E. Nicos Anastasiades, President of the Republic of Cyprus, and met with the Minister of Labour, Welfare, and Social Insurance Zeta Emilianidou. Foreign Ministers Marapana and Christodoulides together, inaugurated the office of the Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Nicosia at a formal ceremony on 28 February 2019.

Read more: Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana reaffirms commitment to consolidate the Sri Lanka –Cyprus bilateral engagement and officially inaugurates the Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Nicosia

 

Thripitaka Week at the Buddhist temples in Toronto

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New Honorary Consuls for Sri Lanka appointed in Canada

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Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner in Canada, M.A.K. Girihagama, handed over the Commission of Appointment issued by the Government and Sri Lanka and the Exequatur granted by Canada to three Honorary Consuls for Sri Lanka who were appointed in the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick at a ceremony held at the High Commission premises on 4th March 2019.

The Honorary Consuls who received their documents are: Mr. Phil Roberts for Calgary, Alberta, Mr. Malcolm A.C. Pinto for Halifax, Nova Scotia and Dr. Sameera Jayasena for St. John, New Brunswick.

Read more: New Honorary Consuls for Sri Lanka appointed in Canada

   

Second Consular Mobile Service for Pensioners on Saturday, 02nd March 2019 from 9.30 a.m. – 1.30 p.m.

The Consulate General of Sri Lanka will launch the second Consular Mobile Service  on Saturday, 02nd March 2019 to provide assistance to Sri Lankan Pensioners.

Any Sri Lankan pensioner, who wishes to obtain assistance on this day, may visit Sri Varasiththi Vinaayagar Community Center, 3039, Kennedy Road, Scarborough, ON M1V 1S7 between 9.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m.

Please bring the following documents with copies :

  1. Valid original passport & photocopy
  2. Pension Identity Card, if available
  3. Application for Life Certificate – 2019

For further information, please contact us on 416-323-9133/416-323-0736 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


K.S. Jayaweera

Consul General


Consulate General of Sri Lanka

36, Eglinton Avenue West Suite 301

Toronto, Ontario M4R 1A1, Canada.

Tel:(416)-323-9133. Fax:(416)323-3205

Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Web:http://www.torontoslcg.org

 

   

Cultural event to mark the 71st Independence Day of Sri Lanka - Sunday, 24th February 2019

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High Commissioner Girihagama appointed Representative to International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)

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Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner in Canada, M.A.K. Girihagama, presented his letter of appointment as the Representative of Sri Lanka to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in Montreal, at a meeting with Secretary General Fang Liu on 19 February 2019 in Montréal.

Following the presentation, High Commissioner Girihagama briefed Secretary General Liu on the proactive role played by Sri Lanka as a member state, the progress made and the measures that are underway in Sri Lanka to give effect to international conventions in the area of civil aviation to which Sri Lanka is a signatory.

The High Commissioner also apprised the Secretary General of the ICAO approved training programmes that Sri Lanka has planned to conduct in the months to come. He assured the Secretary General of Sri Lanka’s continued active participation in Regional Cooperative programmes which are conducted under the auspices of ICAO and added that Sri Lanka looks forward to further strengthening its ties with ICAO.

Secretary General Liu thanked the Government of Sri Lanka for its cooperation and assured the support of ICAO for programmes planned by Sri Lanka. Other areas of mutual interests were also discussed.

The ICAO is a UN specialized agency, established in 1944 to manage the administration and governance of the Convention on International Civil Aviation (Chicago Convention). ICAO works with the Convention’s 192 Member States and industry groups to reach consensus on international civil aviation Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) and policies in support of a safe, efficient, secure, economically sustainable and environmentally responsible civil aviation sector.

 

Sri Lanka High Commission

Ottawa

20 February 2019

 

   

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