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 [...]

Address by Hon Tilak Marapana  Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka Indian Ocean Conference 2017  31st August- 1st September 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka   Excellencies, Distinguished Guests, Ladies & Gentlemen, The Indian Ocean has historically been a powerful communication channel for the spread of culture, global trade and commerce. Today, the Indian Ocean’s traditional status as [...]

  Colombo Defence Seminar 2017 Countering Violent Extremism: Global Trends  Valedictory Address by Mr. Prasad Kariyawasam Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs  Tuesday 29 August 2017 Distinguished Guests Ladies & Gentlemen I take the floor at the very end of two days of deliberations on one of the most important subjects of our time [...]

The U.S. Department of State has advised that Hurricane Harvey is forecast to make landfall on the middle Texas coast this evening (August 25, 2017) or early Saturday morning (August 26, 2017).  Hurricane is then likely to stay near or just inland of the middle Texas coast through the weekend.  Maximum sustained winds are near [...]

Hon. Tilak Marapana, Minister of Development Assignments assumed duties at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on Friday 18 August 2017. Minister Marapana was received by the Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Prasad Kariyawasam and senior staff upon arrival at the Ministry. Following the lighting of the traditional oil lamp and holding of religious observances, [...]

Following his appointment by President Maithripala Sirisena on 29 July, as Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Prasad Kariyawasam assumed duties yesterday morning, Tuesday 15 August 2017. Mr. Kariyawasam joined the Sri Lanka Foreign Service in 1981. Prior to his appointment as Secretary, he served as the Ambassador for Sri Lanka to the United [...]

  • 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: A Growing Hub in the Indo-Pacific

    “Sri Lanka is eager to work with the maritime powers of the Indian Ocean and beyond, to make our oceans secure for unimpeded commerce and peaceful navigation”, Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam said, earlier today. The Ambassador was addressing a public event hosted by the Hudson Institute, a Washington-based think tank, on “Sri Lanka, A growing hub [...]

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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