Checkpoints are usually found at border crossings between two countries, such as USA and Canada. This is to ensure that visitors travelling from Country A to Country B have all the correct papers and would not pose a security or other threat. But here in Sri Lanka, there was a unique situation where a “border crossing” in all but name operated for nearly two decades at Omanthai near Vavuniya, physically separating the North and the South. Worse, it not only physically distanced but also emotionally divided the various communities in the island.

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal and U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labour Tom Malinowski who are currently visiting Sri Lanka met with Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera on August 25th 2015.

Sri Lanka welcomes the successful conclusion of negotiations between Iran and the US, UK, France, Germany, China, Russia and the European Union in Vienna on 14 July 2015.

In a meeting with the Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Dana J. Hyde, Sri Lanka’s Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam emphasized the desire of the Government to establish a partnership with the United States under the Millennium Challenge Corporation.

Sri Lanka’s Embassy in Washington DC celebrated the traditional Iftar on Friday, July 10th. The event was attended by a large gathering of guests from the Sri Lankan-American Muslim community, representatives from the State Department and other Sri Lankan community leaders.

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.

  • Visit to Sri Lanka by U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs and U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labour

    U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal and U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labour Tom Malinowski who are currently visiting Sri Lanka met with Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera on August 25th 2015.

  • SRI LANKA EXPLORES PARTNERSHIP WITH THE U.S. MILLENNIUM CHALLENGE CORPORATION (MCC)

    In a meeting with the Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Dana J. Hyde, Sri Lanka’s Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam emphasized the desire of the Government to establish a partnership with the United States under the Millennium Challenge Corporation.

  • WASHINGTON EMBASSY CELEBRATES IFTAR

    Sri Lanka’s Embassy in Washington DC celebrated the traditional Iftar on Friday, July 10th. The event was attended by a large gathering of guests from the Sri Lankan-American Muslim community, representatives from the State Department and other Sri Lankan community leaders.

  • 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 [...]

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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