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 [...]

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 [...]

The Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Mónica Pinto, and the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, Juan E. Méndez, will undertake a joint visit to Sri Lanka from 29 April to 7 May 2016, at the invitation of the Government. While the previous UN [...]

In October 2015, Sri Lanka became the first country in South Asia to join the Open Government Partnership, at its Global Summit held in Mexico. On the 4 and 5 April, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in collaboration with the secretariat of the Open Government Partnership, held a workshop for government institutions as well as civil society [...]

The Consultations Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms, appointed by the Prime Minister, has opened online submissions in order to seek the views of stakeholders, experts and the general public on the design of the reconciliation mechanisms. The reconciliation mechanisms planned by the Government of Sri Lanka include an Office of Missing Persons; a Truth, Reconciliation, [...]

Mr. Mano Tittawella has been appointed as the Secretary-General of the Secretariat for Coordinating Reconciliation Mechanisms. Mr. Tittawella has a distinguished record of dynamic public and private sector leadership at the highest levels. He was the Director-General of the Public Enterprise Reform Commission, the Chairman of the Strategic Enterprise Management Agency, the Chairman of the [...]

  Joint Statement from the U.S. Department of State and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka on the Inaugural U.S. – Sri Lanka Partnership Dialogue The following statement was released by the Governments of Sri Lanka and the United States of America after the first annual U.S. – Sri Lanka Partnership Dialogue held [...]

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, [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • United States proud of Sri Lanka’s achievements in the past year – Under Secretary of S tate Patrick Kennedy at Sri Lanka’s 68th independence day celebrations

    “The accomplishments of the Sri Lankan people and their government over the past year have made all of us rightly proud” remarked U.S. Under Secretary of State Patrick Kennedy as he represented the United States government as the chief guest at the 68th independence day celebrations of the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington D.C. on [...]

  • REMARKS BY AMBASSADOR PRASAD KARIYAWASAM AT SRI LANKA’S 68TH INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS IN WASHINGTON DC

            Ayubowan, Wanakkam, Assalamualaikum, Good evening, Your Excellencies , Ladies and Gentleman Today, the people of Sri Lanka celebrate the 68th Anniversary of Independence with a sense of confidence and renewed pride: -our abiding commitment to democracy has been re-affirmed at two historic elections held in January and August 2015; and -we [...]

  • Sri Lanka’s Travel Spots Showcased in North America’s Largest Travel Show

    Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau in collaboration with Sri Lanka Embassy in Washington,organized a Sri Lanka travel booth at the New York Times Travel Show from January 08-10, 2016 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New Yorkwith participation of 10 destination Management companies and SriLankan Airlines. The colorful Sri Lanka booth was declared [...]

  • WASHINGTON EMBASSY MARKS ONE YEAR IN OFFICE OF PRESIDENT SIRISENA

    Marking the first anniversary in office of President Maithripala Sirisena, the Embassy of Sri Lanka organized a get together with a representative group of Sri Lankan-Americansin the Washington D.C. area on Saturday, January 9th 2016. Speaking on the occasion, Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam recalled the achievements of the governmentin 2015,in particular, social democratization by strengthening the [...]

  • REMARKS TO MEDIA BY FOREIGN MINISTER MANGALA SAMARAWEERA, FOLLOWING TALKS WITH US UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE (DESIGNATE) FOR POLITICAL AFFAIRS THOMAS SHANNON

    It has been an honor and a privilege to welcome Ambassador Thomas Shannon, US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs- designate, to Sri Lanka, this evening. As all of you may know, Ambassador Shannon is the senior-most career United States Foreign Service Officer, and just the 14th in history to rise to the role of Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. As far as US – Sri Lanka relations are concerned, this has been what can be termed a ‘milestone year’.

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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