The Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms has informed that the deadline for submissions by diaspora organizations and individuals on the design of structures, processes and measures for truth, accountability, reparations and non-recurrence has been extended until August 10, 2016, to provide more time for those interested in making submissions to the consultation process. The web-based consultation process [...]

The Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms is calling for submissions from diaspora organisations on the design of structures, processes and measures for truth, accountability, reparations and non-recurrence, i.e. an Office on Missing Persons, an Office on Reparations; a Judicial Mechanism with a Special Counsel; a Truth, Justice, Reconciliation and Non-Recurrence Commission; and any other [...]

Message from the President of Sri Lanka to the President of the United States of America His Excellency Barack Obama  President of the United States of America Your Excellency, On behalf of the government and the people of Sri Lanka, allow me to congratulate you, the government and the people of the United States, as [...]

Recognizing the importance of ever increasing tea market in the United States, Sri Lanka Embassy in Washington in collaboration with Sri Lanka Tea Board organized roadshows in New York and Washington to promote Ceylon Tea with special focus on Brand Promotions and distinguishing the difference in flavour, strength and aroma of the different agro climatic [...]

Mr. President High Commissioner for Human Rights Excellencies Distinguished delegates                                   At the 30th Session of this Council last October, Sri Lanka, by co-sponsoring the Resolution 30/1, ‘Promoting Reconciliation and Accountability in Sri Lanka’, broke away from the years of disengagement, self-isolation, [...]

Delivering remarks at a panel discussion on ongoing constitutional reforms in Sri Lanka at the United States Capitol Hill Congress building, Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam said the task at hand is to agree on a constitution that is acceptable to the majority of every community in Sri Lanka, and this requires great compromises. Observing that thirty [...]

The Government has today, 1 June 2016, issued a circular ending the restrictions placed in March 2011 on the issuance of passports to Sri Lankan citizens resident abroad who, at different times, were compelled to leave Sri Lanka due to conflict or political reasons. In March 2011, instructions had been issued to all Sri Lanka Missions [...]

  • 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

    Colombo, July 12, 2016: 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 July 12th 2016. The meeting was followed by remarks to [...]

  • SPECIAL CEYLON TEA PROMOTION IN NEW YORK AND IN WASHINGTON

    Recognizing the importance of ever increasing tea market in the United States, Sri Lanka Embassy in Washington in collaboration with Sri Lanka Tea Board organized roadshows in New York and Washington to promote Ceylon Tea with special focus on Brand Promotions and distinguishing the difference in flavour, strength and aroma of the different agro climatic [...]

  • AMBASSADOR BRIEFS ON THE ONGOING RECONCILIATION PROCESS ON CAPITOL HILL

    Delivering remarks at a panel discussion on ongoing constitutional reforms in Sri Lanka at the United States Capitol Hill Congress building, Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam said the task at hand is to agree on a constitution that is acceptable to the majority of every community in Sri Lanka, and this requires great compromises. Observing that thirty [...]

  • WASHINGTON PUBLIC EMBRACES SRI LANKA DURING “AROUND THE WORLD EMBASSY TOUR”

    Over 2500 visitors flocked to the Sri Lankan Embassy on May 7, 2016 and sampled Sri Lankan culture, as the Embassy opened its doors to the general public in the United States’ capital as part of the annual Passport DC’s Around the World Embassy Tour organized by Cultural Tourism DC. The daylong event, provided visitors [...]

  • GOLDEN JUBILEE CELEBRATION OF WASHINGTON BUDDHIST VIHARA

    Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser attending the 50th Anniversary of the establishment of the Washington Buddhist Vihara on May 1, 2016 declared the day as “the Washington Buddhist Vihara Day”, recognizing in the Declaration that the District of Columbia is the home to the first Theravada Buddhist Temple in America and that the Vihara has been [...]

  • US-SRI LANKA TRADE AND INVESTMENT FRAMEWORK COUNCIL ADOPTS ACTION PLAN TO BOOST BILATERAL TRADE

    Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrama led Sri Lanka delegation to the 12th US-Sri Lanka Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) Council Meeting in Washington which adopted a path breaking Action Plan to boost bilateral trade and investment. The Council meeting was Co-chaired by United States Trade Representative Michael Froman and Minister of [...]

  • Inaugural United States – Sri Lanka Partnership Dialogue convened in Washington

    Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera was in Washington DC on 25 and 26 February for the inaugural US – Sri Lanka Partnership Dialogue. The Partnership Dialogue is a regular policy consultation designed to discuss and identify opportunities for cooperation across the full range of bilateral and regional issues. It was US Secretary of State John Kerry, [...]

  • Remarks by the Foreign Minister at the U.S. Institute of Peace: Advancing Reconciliation and Development in Sri Lanka, February 25, 2016

    Last February, soon after the election of President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Election held on 8 January 2015, I stood before a similar audience in this great city and outlined our plans and our vision for Sri Lanka. It has been just a year. But, looking back, it seems as if several years have [...]

  • Ambassador’s official visit to Hawaii

    Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam with Governor of Hawaii David Ige Visiting the state of Hawaii from February 11th to 12th,Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam attended the Independence Day celebrations organized by Sri Lanka’s Honorary Consul in Hawaii Kusuma Cooray. As the Chief Guest of the occasion in his address, Ambassador highlighted the potential for greater people to people [...]

  • REMARKS BY AMBASSADOR PRASAD KARIYAWASAM AT THE EAST-WEST CENTER, HAWAII: SRI LANKA – A HUB IN THE INDIAN OCEAN, FEBRUARY 11, 2016

     Sri Lanka is an island nation with a recorded history of over 2500 years. Since time immemorial, Sri Lanka has been known to the travelers of the ancient world as a hub in the Indian Ocean, who identified the country with many names like Lanka, Serendib and Ceylon. Travelers like the 13th Century Muslim Scholar [...]

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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