“The accomplishments of the Sri Lankan people and their government over the past year have made all of us rightly proud” remarked U.S. Under Secretary of State Patrick Kennedy as he represented the United States government as the chief guest at the 68th independence day celebrations of the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington D.C. on [...]

        Ayubowan, Wanakkam, Assalamualaikum, Good evening, Your Excellencies , Ladies and Gentleman Today, the people of Sri Lanka celebrate the 68th Anniversary of Independence with a sense of confidence and renewed pride: -our abiding commitment to democracy has been re-affirmed at two historic elections held in January and August 2015; and -we [...]

The Working Group on Governance, Rule of Law and Human Rights under the European Union-Sri Lanka Joint Commission concluded its first meeting in Colombo on 21 January 2016. The meeting was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Colombo with the participation of senior officials from Sri Lanka and the European Union. The delegation [...]

Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau in collaboration with Sri Lanka Embassy in Washington,organized a Sri Lanka travel booth at the New York Times Travel Show from January 08-10, 2016 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New Yorkwith participation of 10 destination Management companies and SriLankan Airlines. The colorful Sri Lanka booth was declared [...]

Marking the first anniversary in office of President Maithripala Sirisena, the Embassy of Sri Lanka organized a get together with a representative group of Sri Lankan-Americansin the Washington D.C. area on Saturday, January 9th 2016. Speaking on the occasion, Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam recalled the achievements of the governmentin 2015,in particular, social democratization by strengthening the [...]

At the meeting of the Board of Directors of the U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) held in Washington DC on 16 December, Sri Lanka was selected as an eligible country for assistance from fiscal year 2016. This decision of the Board was conveyed by telephone on the same evening, 16 December, to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, by the Chief Executive Officer of the MCC, Dana J. Hyde.

It has been an honor and a privilege to welcome Ambassador Thomas Shannon, US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs- designate, to Sri Lanka, this evening. As all of you may know, Ambassador Shannon is the senior-most career United States Foreign Service Officer, and just the 14th in history to rise to the role of Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. As far as US – Sri Lanka relations are concerned, this has been what can be termed a ‘milestone year’.

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.

  • United States proud of Sri Lanka’s achievements in the past year – Under Secretary of State Patrick Kennedy at Sri Lanka’s 68thindependence day celebrations

    “The accomplishments of the Sri Lankan people and their government over the past year have made all of us rightly proud” remarked U.S. Under Secretary of State Patrick Kennedy as he represented the United States government as the chief guest at the 68th independence day celebrations of the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington D.C. on [...]

  • REMARKS BY AMBASSADOR PRASAD KARIYAWASAM AT SRI LANKA’S 68TH INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS IN WASHINGTON DC

            Ayubowan, Wanakkam, Assalamualaikum, Good evening, Your Excellencies , Ladies and Gentleman Today, the people of Sri Lanka celebrate the 68th Anniversary of Independence with a sense of confidence and renewed pride: -our abiding commitment to democracy has been re-affirmed at two historic elections held in January and August 2015; and -we [...]

  • Sri Lanka’s Travel Spots Showcased in North America’s Largest Travel Show

    Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau in collaboration with Sri Lanka Embassy in Washington,organized a Sri Lanka travel booth at the New York Times Travel Show from January 08-10, 2016 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New Yorkwith participation of 10 destination Management companies and SriLankan Airlines. The colorful Sri Lanka booth was declared [...]

  • WASHINGTON EMBASSY MARKS ONE YEAR IN OFFICE OF PRESIDENT SIRISENA

    Marking the first anniversary in office of President Maithripala Sirisena, the Embassy of Sri Lanka organized a get together with a representative group of Sri Lankan-Americansin the Washington D.C. area on Saturday, January 9th 2016. Speaking on the occasion, Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam recalled the achievements of the governmentin 2015,in particular, social democratization by strengthening the [...]

  • REMARKS TO MEDIA BY FOREIGN MINISTER MANGALA SAMARAWEERA, FOLLOWING TALKS WITH US UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE (DESIGNATE) FOR POLITICAL AFFAIRS THOMAS SHANNON

    It has been an honor and a privilege to welcome Ambassador Thomas Shannon, US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs- designate, to Sri Lanka, this evening. As all of you may know, Ambassador Shannon is the senior-most career United States Foreign Service Officer, and just the 14th in history to rise to the role of Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. As far as US – Sri Lanka relations are concerned, this has been what can be termed a ‘milestone year’.

  • Ambassador Kariyawasam speaks at the United States Institute of Peace

    The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) hosted Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam, US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal and US Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labour Tom Malinowski for a discussion on Sri Lanka titled “Towards Sustainable Peace in Sri Lanka: The Opportunities Ahead” on December 1st. The discussion was moderated by President of USIP Nancy Lindborg. Participation was by invitation only.

    A presentation circulated by Ambassador Kariyawasam at the discussion can be accessed here.

  • Ambassador Samantha Power visits Sri Lanka

    United States Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Samantha Power visited Sri Lanka from November 21st to 23rd. Ambassador Samantha Power is the second cabinet level visitor from the US Administration to travel to Sri Lanka this year, following Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit in May.

  • DEPUTY MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS VISITS WASHINGTON DC

    Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Harhsa De Silva, following his visit to attend the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Summit in Mexico, visited Washington DC on October 30, with a view to further promoting United States-Sri Lanka bilateral relations, in particular on economic and business matters.

  • Sri Lanka joins the Open Government Partnership

    Sri Lanka endorsed the Open Government Declaration committing “to foster a global culture of open government that empowers and delivers for citizens, and advances the ideals of open and participatory 21st century government,” thereby becoming the newest participating country of the Open Government Partnership (OGP). Sri Lanka is the only South Asian participating country in the OGP and joins other countries in the Asian region such as Indonesia, Mongolia, Philippines and Republic of Korea.

  • EMBASSY OF SRI LANKA IN WASHINGTON MOVES TO NEW CHANCERY PREMISES

    Sri Lanka’s Embassy in Washington D.C. moved to its new chancery premises on October 19th marking another milestone in the seven-decade long diplomatic presence in the United States. The Ambassador and the staff marked the occasion with a simple and solemn ceremony at the new premises on 3025, Whitehaven Street, NW, in the presence of religious dignitaries representing multiple faiths, who invoked their blessings on the new premises and its staff.

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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