Participating at the Our Ocean Conference 2016, at the invitation of the US Secretary of State John Kerry, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera, on 15 September,  outlined several commitments by Sri Lanka to protect oceans around Sri Lanka and beyond. The Minister said that Sri Lanka is perhaps one of the few countries in the world [...]

The Sri Lanka Parliament and the House Democracy Partnership of the U.S. House of Representatives launched a Collaboration Agreement to strengthen partnership between the two legislatures today, 14 September, in Washington D.C. The Agreement was signed by the Speaker Karu Jayasuriya and Representative Peter J. Roskam, Chairman of the House Democracy Partnership on behalf of [...]

An inter-sessional meeting of the U.S.-Sri Lanka Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) Council meeting was held on September 1, 2016 in Colombo, Sri Lanka.  The meeting was Co-Chaired by Sri Lanka Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrama and Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for South & Central Asia Michael J. Delaney, representing [...]

”Sri Lanka is reinvigorating its representation in the United States as the bilateral relations and people to people ties between the two nations are on an exponential growth trajectory” Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the United States Prasad Kariyawasam said speaking at an event organized by the World Affairs Council in Dallas-Fort Worth to welcome Susantha Shan Halamba as the new [...]

Statement on the Bill on the Office on Missing Persons tabled in Parliament by Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Foreign Affairs, MP, on 11 August 2016 (PDF Text)  (Word Doc) (Sinhala Text: DOC; PDF. Full text below) (Tamil Text: DOC; PDF. Full text below) Hon. Speaker, The Office on the Missing Persons’ Bill, which we will be debating today in [...]

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Harsha de Silva requested the U.S. government to urge American businesses to invest in Sri Lanka. This was emphasized at several bilateral discussions he held with U.S. officials in Washington D.C. on Tuesday, August 16th. The Deputy Minister was on a brief visit to the U.S. capital to continue [...]

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 [...]

  • Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera represents Sri Lanka at the Our Ocean Conference 2016

    Participating at the Our Ocean Conference 2016, at the invitation of the US Secretary of State John Kerry, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera, on 15 September,  outlined several commitments by Sri Lanka to protect oceans around Sri Lanka and beyond. The Minister said that Sri Lanka is perhaps one of the few countries in the world [...]

  • Sri Lanka Parliament and U.S. House Democracy Partnership launch Collaboration Agreement

    The Sri Lanka Parliament and the House Democracy Partnership of the U.S. House of Representatives launched a Collaboration Agreement to strengthen partnership between the two legislatures today, 14 September, in Washington D.C. The Agreement was signed by the Speaker Karu Jayasuriya and Representative Peter J. Roskam, Chairman of the House Democracy Partnership on behalf of [...]

  • SRI LANKA EXPANDS REPRESENTATION IN TEXAS – APPOINTS HONORARY CONSUL

    ”Sri Lanka is reinvigorating its representation in the United States as the bilateral relations and people to people ties between the two nations are on an exponential growth trajectory” Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the United States Prasad Kariyawasam said speaking at an event organized by the World Affairs Council in Dallas-Fort Worth to welcome Susantha Shan Halamba as the new [...]

  • Deputy Foreign Minister calls for greater US investment

    Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Harsha de Silva requested the U.S. government to urge American businesses to invest in Sri Lanka. This was emphasized at several bilateral discussions he held with U.S. officials in Washington D.C. on Tuesday, August 16th. The Deputy Minister was on a brief visit to the U.S. capital to continue [...]

  • 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 [...]

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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