Chief of Defence Staff, Commanders of the Navy, Army and Air Force, Distinguished delegates and guests, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, This is the 8th successive year in which the Galle Dialogue Maritime Conference is being held in Sri Lanka, attracting to our Island Nation, personnel from Navies both near and far, and academics and experts in [...]

In an attempt to directly approach US consumers, the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington DC participated in a travel fair held at the Holiday Park Senior Center in Wheaton, Maryland on October 5. The travel fair targeted to educate senior citizens of the area on travel opportunities and resources available  was organized for the first time. Displayed at the Sri Lanka stall [...]

The second session of the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Road Show was held at the Kimpton Hotel Monaco in Washington DC on October 3. Thirteen Sri Lankan companies, among them Jetwing Travels (Pvt.) Ltd. and Aitken Spence Travels , and the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) participated in the Road Show organized by the SLTPB for the first [...]

Speaker of the Parliament of Sri Lanka Karu Jayasuriya led a multiparty parliamentary delegation to the U.S. capital from September 25-29. The delegation included Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation Nimal Siripala de Silva, Minister of Women and Child Affairs Chandrani Bandara, State Minister of Irrigation & Water Resources Management Palitha Range Bandara, Members of [...]

A very good evening to all of you! His Excellency the President of the General Assembly Excellencies His Excellency the Secretary General of the United Nations Distinguished Guests Ladies and Gentlemen  It gives me great pleasure to be able to commence my address to the 72nd Session of the General Assembly while congratulating the newly appointed [...]

Sri Lanka deplores the sixth nuclear test conducted by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on 3 September 2017. This act, which is in repeated violation of UN Security Council Resolutions threatens peace and stability in the region and beyond. Sri Lanka joins the international community in urging the DPRK to refrain from further [...]

The U.S. Department of State has advised that at 5am EDT Hurricane Irma was located 495 miles southeast of Miami, Florida with maximum sustained winds of 155 mph.  According to its forecast track, the core of the hurricane will be near the Florida Keys and the southern Florida Peninsula Sunday morning.  Irma is forecast to [...]

Remarks by Prasad Kariyawasam Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Panel on Peace in the Indian Ocean Region Indian Ocean Conference 2017, Colombo: 1st September 2017  Good morning to everyone and a warm welcome to Day 2 of the 2nd Indian Ocean Conference. Shri S. Jaishankar, Foreign Secretary of India will deliver the Keynote Address of [...]

  • Speaker Karu Jayasuriya and Multiparty Delegation Visit Washington D.C.

    Speaker of the Parliament of Sri Lanka Karu Jayasuriya led a multiparty parliamentary delegation to the U.S. capital from September 25-29. The delegation included Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation Nimal Siripala de Silva, Minister of Women and Child Affairs Chandrani Bandara, State Minister of Irrigation & Water Resources Management Palitha Range Bandara, Members of [...]

  • Farewell for Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam in Washington D.C.

    Though I wind up as Ambassador to the USA, I want to say that I will forever remain an Ambassador for ‘U.S.-Sri Lanka relations.’ I believe there is so much that our two countries, though geographically distant, can achieve for mutual benefit”, Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam said addressing a distinguished gathering at a farewell reception hosted by [...]

  • Sri Lanka shares experiences at United States House Democracy Partnership Event

    Sri Lanka was accorded the privilege of sharing the podium with distinguished U.S. statesmen and government officials at a public event organized by the United States’ House of Representatives’ House Democracy Partnership (HDP) on July 13. The event titled Strong Legislatures as a Bulwark Against Autocracy was co-hosted by HDP’s Chairman Congressman Peter Roskam and Ranking Congress [...]

  • Members of Parliament attend Exchange Programme in Washington

    The House Democracy Partnership (HDP) of the United States Congress welcomed members of parliament of four HDP partner countries, including Sri Lanka to an exchange programme in the second week of June. A bipartisan group of members of Sri Lankan Parliament comprising State Minister of Agriculture Wasantha Aluwihare, Deputy Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment Anuradha Jayaratne, Keheliya [...]

  • Sri Lanka’s National Flower adorns DC’s International Floral Exhibit

    A magnificent blue water lily (nil manel) floral display lent unique Sri Lankan flavor to the International Floral Exhibit at National Cathedral’s Flower Mart held on May 5 and 6 in Washington D.C. Designed by the Embassy staff especially for the annual spring event, the floral arrangement salutes the national flower of Sri Lanka. The [...]

  • Sri Lankan Culinary Show at the Embassy Chef Challenge in Washington

    Sri Lanka presented its authentic culinary at the Annual Embassy Chef Challenge held on May 24th at the International Trade Center in the Ronald Regan Building in Washington DC. At this well attended annual event over 30 Embassy Chefs showcased their culinary talents with food preparation skills and signature delicacies of each country. Sri Lanka [...]

  • A Day of Sri Lankan Culture and Tradition in DC

    Despite spring showers, the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington DC was a hive of activity on Saturday as thousands of visitors thronged to the embassy premises for a celebration of Sri Lankan culture. The Embassy opened its doors to the public as part of the annual Passport DC Around the World Embassy Tour, an event organized [...]

  • Finance Minister highlights potential for increased Sri Lanka – U.S. bilateral trade

    Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake speaking at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce highlighted prospects for increasing bilateral trade and U.S. investment in Sri Lanka at a breakfast roundtable meeting hosted by the US Chamber of Commerce.  Minister Karunanayake was in Washington leading the Sri Lanka delegation to the IMF-World Bank Spring Meetings. Alluding to many [...]

  • U.S. CONGRESS MEMBERS SIGNAL GREATER ENGAGEMENT AND SUPPORT FOR SRI LANKA

    In the month of February, two congressional delegations of U.S. House of Representatives visited Sri Lanka.  The first was a bipartisan four-member delegation of the House Democracy Partnership (HDP) Committee led by Chairman Peter Roskam and Ranking Member David Price.  An eight-member bipartisan delegation led by the House Judiciary Committee Chairman Robert Goodlatte immediately followed. [...]

  • SRI LANKA APPOINTS FIRST HONORARY CONSUL IN PENNSYLVANIA

    Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam today handed over the Commission of Appointment to David Bruce Sherman as Sri Lanka’s Honorary Consul in the state of Pennsylvania. He is the first Honorary Consul of Sri Lanka in that state. The Ambassador observed that at a time when Sri Lanka is expanding its bilateral partnership with the United States, [...]

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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