The end of a bountiful harvest season celebrated by the Hindu Tamil community the world over at Thai Pongal, was marked by the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington DC on January 14, 2015 with a large gathering of guests from the Sri Lankan expatriate Tamil community, high level representatives from the US Department of State led by Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Nisha Biswal, and community leaders.

On behalf of the American people, I congratulate the people of Sri Lanka on the successful and peaceful conclusion of Sri Lanka’s presidential election and incoming President Maithripala Sirisena on his victory. I also commend the outgoing administration of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa for facilitating a swift and orderly transition of power. Beyond the significance of this election to Sri Lanka, it is also a symbol of hope for those who support democracy all around the world.

Maithripala Sirisena was sworn in as the sixth Executive President of Sri Lanka at Independence Square in Colombo on January 9th, 2015 by senior most Supreme Court Justice K J Sripavan.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has condemned the terrorist attack in Paris and offered his
condolences to the families of the victims. Speaking from his home in Medamulana, President Rajapaksa said, “The world needs to come together to fight all forms of terrorism wherever it happens.”

Inflation, as measured by the change in the Colombo Consumers’ Price Index (CCPI) (2006/07=100), which is computed by the Department of Census and Statistics, decreased to 2.1 per cent in December 2014 compared to 4.7 per cent in December 2013 on a year-on-year basis.

Sri Lanka welcomes the announcements made by the leaders of the United States of America and Cuba, of a rapprochement between the two countries, thereby ending decades’ long estrangement and paving the way for the renewal of diplomatic ties. The release and exchange of prisoners is a concrete step towards a new era of US-Cuba relations which marks a turning point in the history of the two nations.

The world today that faces the enormous challenges of economic imbalance, poverty, environmental threats and terrorism could greatly benefit from the Christian message of love and tolerance, which began with the Star over Bethlehem that heralded the birth of Christ, stated President Mahinda Rajapaksa in his message for Christmas.

  • Washington Embassy celebrates Thai Pongal

    The end of a bountiful harvest season celebrated by the Hindu Tamil community the world over at Thai Pongal, was marked by the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington DC on January 14, 2015 with a large gathering of guests from the Sri Lankan expatriate Tamil community, high level representatives from the US Department of State led by Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Nisha Biswal, and community leaders.

  • President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe take office

    Maithripala Sirisena was sworn in as the sixth Executive President of Sri Lanka at Independence Square in Colombo on January 9th, 2015 by senior most Supreme Court Justice K J Sripavan.

  • Maithripala Sirisena was sworn in as the sixth Executive President of Sri Lanka

    Maithripala Sirisena was sworn in as the sixth Executive President of Sri Lanka at Independence Square in Colombo on January 9th, 2015 by senior most Supreme Court Justice K J Sripavan.

  • Leader of the United National Party Ranil Wickremasinghe was sworn in as Prime Minister of Sri Lanka

    Leader of the United National Party (UNP) Ranil Wickremasinghe was sworn in as Prime Minister of Sri Lanka at Independence Square in Colombo on January 9th, 2015

  • Washington Embassy Celebrates Christmas

    The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington DC celebrated the dawn of the Christmas season with participation from the Sri Lankan expatriate Christian community, officials from the US Department of State and community leaders.

  • WASHINGTON EMBASSY CELEBRATES CHRISTMAS

    The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington DC celebrated the dawn of the Christmas season with participation from the Sri Lankan expatriate Christian community, officials from the US Department of State and community leaders.

  • Time for SAARC to move towards result-oriented action plans – President Rajapaksa

    President Mahinda Rajapaksa emphasized the imperative need for SAARC to move towards implementing result-oriented, actionable plans, which impact directly on the lives of the people. Addressing the 18th SAARC summit in Kathmandu today (November 26), he said that having evolved in structure, form and content, through almost three decades, SAARC is at a crucial juncture and now there is a need to shift from the present traditional approach and move towards implementing result-oriented, actionable plans, which impact directly on the lives of our peoples.

  • UNITED STATES – SRI LANKA TRADE AND INVESTMENT DIALOGUE

    Senior officials of the Governments of the United States and Sri Lanka met recently in Colombo to continue their dialogue on trade and investment issues and for evaluating the progress under the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement between the two countries. The officials discussed a wide range of issues including market access, the U.S. Generalized System of Preferences, labor, trade promotion efforts, intellectual property rights, agriculture, and sector-specific investment challenges.

  • US-SL trade talks conclude in Colombo

    Talks under the Sri Lanka and US Trade and Investment Framework Agreement concluded yesterday in Colombo, reiterating the commitment to foster greater bilateral economic engagement. “The US-Sri Lanka Trade and Investment Framework Agreement is the premier dialogue for managing bilateral trade and investment relationship between both countries. This relationship amounts to $ 3 b” said Michael Delaney, the visiting Assistant United States Trade Representative for Central and South Asia yesterday in Colombo.

  • President and UN Sec-Gen meet in New York

    President Mahinda Rajapaksa and United Nations Secretary-General Mr. Ban Ki-moon met for talks at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City this afternoon. Congratulating President Rajapaksa on his leadership, Mr. Ban acknowledged the progress that has been made in Sri Lanka in the years after the war and expressed his optimism that the remaining challenges would also be overcome with this type of political leadership.

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 unsettled weather to the north and east, and a southwest monsoon (June to October) bringing bad 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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