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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to visit Sri Lanka

Accepting an invitation extended by the Government in February 2015, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein will undertake a four-day official visit to Sri Lanka. 

The High Commissioner will arrive in Sri Lanka on the morning of Saturday 6 February and depart on the morning of 10 February. 

Read more: UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to visit Sri Lanka

 

Minister of External Affairs of India to visit Sri Lanka

The Minister of External Affairs of India, Smt. Sushma Swaraj will undertake an official visit to Sri Lanka from 5-6 February 2016 for the Ninth Session of the India-Sri Lanka Joint Commission. The Joint Commission, co-chaired by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka and the Minister of External Affairs of India will be held on 5 February 2016 in Colombo. 

Read more: Minister of External Affairs of India to visit Sri Lanka

 

‘No foreign influences in drafting new constitution’ – President emphasized

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President Maithripala Sirisena says that there is no any foreign influence in formulating the new constitution and this will be done understanding the needs of the country, even though some extremists groups spread false rumours across the country that the Government is prepared to implement the new constitution under the foreign influences.

Read more: ‘No foreign influences in drafting new constitution’ – President emphasized

 

Statement to Media by Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera after official talks with Norway Foreign Minister Børge Brende

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

after the Official Talks with Hon. Børge Brende, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 7 January 2016

Good morning Ladies and Gentlemen, 

It has been an honour and a privilege to welcome the Norwegian Foreign Minister the Hon. Børge Brende to Sri Lanka, this morning. An official visit by a Norwegian Foreign Minister takes place after nearly 11 years. I hope that the very productive meeting we have just concluded will set the tone for this new chapter in our relations. 

Read more: Statement to Media by Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera after official talks with Norway Foreign Minister Børge Brende

 

Visit of Hon. Børge Brende, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway, Børge Brende, will undertake a one-day official visit to Sri Lanka on 7 January 2016, at the invitation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mangala Samaraweera. 

Read more: Visit of Hon. Børge Brende, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway

 

Official Visit of His Excellency Nawaz Sharif, Prime Minister of Pakistan to Sri Lanka

At the invitation of H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, His Excellency Nawaz Sharif, Prime Minister of Pakistan, will undertake an official visit to Sri Lanka from 4 to 6 January 2016.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Madam Begum Kalsoom Sharif will be welcomed on their arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. On 5th January 2016, the official welcome ceremony presided by President Maithripala Sirisena will be held at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo. The visiting Prime Minister will be accorded a ceremonial welcome including a Gun Salute and Guard of honour.

Read more: Official Visit of His Excellency Nawaz Sharif, Prime Minister of Pakistan to Sri Lanka

   

Introduction by Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera to Speech by Ambassador Thomas A. Shannon Jr. Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute

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Introduction by Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera

to Speech by Ambassador Thomas A. Shannon Jr. 

 Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute

16 December 2015

 

Ambassador Thomas A. Shannon Jr.,

Under-Secretary-of-State nominee for Political Affairs 

Excellencies, 

Executive Director and Members of the Board of the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute for International Relations and Strategic Studies, 

Distinguished guests, 

Ladies  & Gentlemen, 

I have the honour, as Chairman of the Board of the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute for International Relations and Strategic Studies, to introduce a very special person who is in our midst here today, our guest speaker, Ambassador Thomas A. Shannon Jr. 

Read more: Introduction by Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera to Speech by Ambassador Thomas A. Shannon Jr. Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute

   

Remarks to Media by Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Foreign Affairs following talks with Ambassador Thomas Shannon, US Under Secretary of State (designate)

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Remarks to Media by 

 Hon. Mangala Samaraweera,  Minister of Foreign Affairs 

 following talks with Ambassador Thomas Shannon, US Under Secretary of State (designate)

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 14th December 2015

Good evening ladies and gentlemen. 

It has been an honour and a privilege to welcome Ambassador Thomas Shannon, US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs- designate, to Sri Lanka, this evening. 

Read more: Remarks to Media by Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Foreign Affairs following talks with Ambassador Thomas Shannon, US Under Secretary of State (designate)

   

Remarks to Media by Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Foreign Affairs on Human Rights Day

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Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Foreign Affairs on Human Rights Day

Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 10th December 2015.

 

Ladies & Gentleman, 

Today is Human Rights Day, as you know. And as in the past, Sri Lanka will join the countries of the world in commemorating this important event. But this year, Sri Lanka’s commemorations will not only be symbolic – it will also be substantive. So I am very pleased to announce that Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, will today, this morning in New York, in fact, will be signing the International Convention on Enforced Disappearances.

Read more: Remarks to Media by Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Foreign Affairs on Human Rights Day

   

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