Message of the President of Sri Lanka to the President of the United States of America: On this day that the United States of America celebrates 239 years of independence, the Government and the people of Sri Lanka, join me in extending heartfelt congratulations to you and to the Government and people of the United States of America. Relations between the United States and Sri Lanka date back to the early years of the American Republic. People-to-people contacts between our two countries that began over two hundred years ago have continuously broadened and stood the test of time.

I wish to answer the questions posed by the Hon. Leader of Opposition, relating to the US State Department Report titled ‘Country Reports on Terrorism and Patterns of Global Terrorism.’ The US State Department released their Counterterrorism Report this June 2015. The report covered the calendar year 2014, during which Hon. Nimal Siripala De Silva himself was a cabinet minister in the Rajapaksa administration. It noted that a total of 13 LTTE supporters were arrested in Malaysia in 2014. Like the report that preceded it, covering the calendar year 2013, it mentioned that the LTTE’s network of support continued to operate – shockingly, under the very regime that claimed to have eradicated this threat once and for all.

Honourable Speaker, I rise to respond to questions raised by the Honourable Leader of Opposition relating to the discussions that took place between the GTF and the TNA in London, and my presence there. As the House is aware, the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission was appointed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa on the 15th of May 2010. The Report of the Commission was handed over to President Rajapaksa on the 15th of November 2011 and it was tabled for the attention of all the Members of this House, on the 16th of December 2011.

The international documentary film ‘Common Ground’ focusing on Sri Lanka’s human-elephant conflict was screened at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington D.C. on June 5th, 2015. The screening was jointly organized by the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and the Sri Lanka Embassy in Washington D.C.

The Ambassador and the staff of the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington D.C. marked the sixth anniversary of the end of the armed conflict in Sri Lanka and the War Heroes Remembrance Day on May 19th, 2015, by observing a minute of silence followed by a ceremony.

In celebration of the 2015 Vesak Poya Day, during the Vesak month of May, the Ambassador and the staff of the Sri Lanka Embassy in Washington DC organized an almsgiving ceremony at the Embassy and offered alms to the resident monks of Sri Lankan Buddhist Temples located in the Washington region.

At a meeting with the diplomatic community based in Colombo at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday 12 May, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera highlighted the achievements of the Government in the last four months. Stating that the country’s foreign policy will be guided by what best serves the interests of all Sri Lankans, the [...]

  • SPOTLIGHT ON SRI LANKA’S ELEPHANTS AT SMITHSONIAN’S NATIONAL ZOO

    The international documentary film ‘Common Ground’ focusing on Sri Lanka’s human-elephant conflict was screened at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington D.C. on June 5th, 2015. The screening was jointly organized by the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and the Sri Lanka Embassy in Washington D.C.

  • SRI LANKAN CUISINE AT EMBASSY CHEF CHALLENGE GALA IN WASHINGTON

    Sri Lanka as a destination for US tourists received a boost at the 7th Annual Embassy Chef Challenge gala this week at the International Trade Center in the elegant Ronald Reagan building in Washington DC.

  • WASHINGTON EMBASSY MARKS WAR HEROES REMEMBRANCE DAY

    The Ambassador and the staff of the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington D.C. marked the sixth anniversary of the end of the armed conflict in Sri Lanka and the War Heroes Remembrance Day on May 19th, 2015, by observing a minute of silence followed by a ceremony.

  • WASHINGTON EMBASSY CELEBRATES VESAK

    In celebration of the 2015 Vesak Poya Day, during the Vesak month of May, the Ambassador and the staff of the Sri Lanka Embassy in Washington DC organized an almsgiving ceremony at the Embassy and offered alms to the resident monks of Sri Lankan Buddhist Temples located in the Washington region.

  • Visit of US Secretary of State John Kerry to Sri Lanka

    US Secretary of State John Kerry who visited Sri Lanka at the invitation of Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera concluded his two-day visit to the country on Sunday, 3rd May 2015. During the visit which was the first official visit by a US Secretary of State in 43 years, Secretary Kerry called on President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat, and had a meeting with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe who hosted the visiting Secretary of State and delegation to lunch at the Temple Trees. He held official bilateral talks with Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

  • Visit of US Secretary of State John Kerry to Sri Lanka

    US Secretary of State John Kerry who visited Sri Lanka at the invitation of Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera concluded his two-day visit to the country on Sunday, 3rd May 2015. During the visit which was the first official visit by a US Secretary of State in 43 years, Secretary Kerry called on President Maithripala Sirisena [...]

  • Visit of US Secretary of State John Kerry to Sri Lanka

    US Secretary of State John Kerry who visited Sri Lanka at the invitation of Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera concluded his two-day visit to the country on Sunday, 3rd May 2015. During the visit which was the first official visit by a US Secretary of State in 43 years, Secretary Kerry called on President Maithripala Sirisena [...]

  • Statement to Media by Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Foreign Affairs on the occasion of the Official Visit of John Kerry, US Secretary of State to Sri Lanka

    It has been a great honour and privilege to welcome the Honourable John F. Kerry, Secretary of State of the United States, to the historic Republic Building which has been the home of our Foreign Ministry since Independence. Secretary Kerry’s visit is a momentous occasion for Sri Lanka as it is the first official visit by a US Secretary of State in nearly half a century – 43 years to be precise.

  • US Secretary of State John Kerry to undertake official visit to Sri Lanka

    On the invitation of Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera, Secretary of State of the United States of America John Kerry will pay an official visit to Sri Lanka from 2nd to 3rd May 2015. This is the first official visit by an US Secretary of State since that of William Pierce Rogers in 1972. Secretary Collin [...]

  • US Secretary of State’s visit to Sri Lanka, May 2-3, 2015

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will undertake an official visit to Sri Lanka from May 2-3, 2015. The press statement issued by the U.S. State Department in this regard is appended below:

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is an island of no great size, yet it has an extraordinary number of facets. As Sir Arthur C Clarke remarked: “The Island of Sri Lanka is a small universe; it contains as many variations of culture, scenery, and climate as some countries a dozen times its size . . . I find it hard to believe that there is any country which scores so highly in all departments – which has so many advantages and so few disadvantages.” Lovely beaches, beautiful landscapes, impressive ruins, a vibrant culture and charming people.

Official name: Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
Government type: republic
Location: Latitude 5° 55. to 9° 50. north, longitude 79° 42. to 81° 52., 650km north of the equator
Dimensions: 430km north to south, 225km east to west
Coastline: 1,340km
Area: 65,525km2
Currency (code): Sri Lankan rupee (LKR)
Independence: 4 February 1948
Administrative capital: Sri Jayewardenepura
Commercial capital: Colombo
Administrative divisions: 9 provinces; Central, North Central, North Eastern, North Western, Sabaragamuwa, Southern, Uva, Western, Eastern Province.
Climate: Typically tropical, with a northeast monsoon (December to March) bringing rain and wet weather to the north and east, and a southwest monsoon (June to October) bringing rain and wet weather to the south and west
Terrain: Mostly low, flat to rolling plain; mountains in south-central interior
Highest mountain: Pidurutalagala, 2,524m
Highest waterfall: Bambarakanda, 263m
National Flower The Blue Water Lily (Nymphaea stellata).
National parks and nature reserves area: 8,000sq.km

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