US Secretary of State John Kerry who visited Sri Lanka at the invitation of Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera concluded his two-day visit to the country on Sunday, 3rd May 2015. During the visit which was the first official visit by a US Secretary of State in 43 years, Secretary Kerry called on President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat, and had a meeting with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe who hosted the visiting Secretary of State and delegation to lunch at the Temple Trees. He held official bilateral talks with Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry who undertook an official visit to Sri Lanka from May 2-3, 2015, addressed a public event in Colombo on Strengthening the U.S.-Sri Lanka Partnership for Human Rights and Lasting Peace. The event was organized under the auspices of the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute of International Relations and Strategic Studies on May 2, 2015. The transcript of the address issued by the U.S. Department of State is appended below.

Washington, May 2, 2015: U.S. Secretary John Kerry who is currently on an official visit to Sri Lanka met with Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera today. Click here to read the press release issued by the U.S. Department of State in this regard.

On the invitation of Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera, Secretary of State of the United States of America John Kerry will pay an official visit to Sri Lanka from 2nd to 3rd May 2015. This is the first official visit by an US Secretary of State since that of William Pierce Rogers in 1972. Secretary Collin [...]

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will undertake an official visit to Sri Lanka from May 2-3, 2015. The press statement issued by the U.S. State Department in this regard is appended below:

On this occasion that marks 100 days since my election as President, I think it is proper that I address you as your first servant, appointed by you. Following the results of the Presidential Election on January 8 this year, you gave me the opportunity of being sworn in as the Head of State or [...]

  Washington D.C., April 10, On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I offer our warmest greetings to the people of Sri Lanka and the vibrant global Sri Lankan diaspora. This New Year is marked by the extraordinary positive change that has occurred in Sri Lanka over the past several months [...]

  • Visit of US Secretary of State John Kerry to Sri Lanka

    US Secretary of State John Kerry who visited Sri Lanka at the invitation of Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera concluded his two-day visit to the country on Sunday, 3rd May 2015. During the visit which was the first official visit by a US Secretary of State in 43 years, Secretary Kerry called on President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat, and had a meeting with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe who hosted the visiting Secretary of State and delegation to lunch at the Temple Trees. He held official bilateral talks with Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

  • Visit of US Secretary of State John Kerry to Sri Lanka

    US Secretary of State John Kerry who visited Sri Lanka at the invitation of Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera concluded his two-day visit to the country on Sunday, 3rd May 2015. During the visit which was the first official visit by a US Secretary of State in 43 years, Secretary Kerry called on President Maithripala Sirisena [...]

  • Visit of US Secretary of State John Kerry to Sri Lanka

    US Secretary of State John Kerry who visited Sri Lanka at the invitation of Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera concluded his two-day visit to the country on Sunday, 3rd May 2015. During the visit which was the first official visit by a US Secretary of State in 43 years, Secretary Kerry called on President Maithripala Sirisena [...]

  • Statement to Media by Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Foreign Affairs on the occasion of the Official Visit of John Kerry, US Secretary of State to Sri Lanka

    It has been a great honour and privilege to welcome the Honourable John F. Kerry, Secretary of State of the United States, to the historic Republic Building which has been the home of our Foreign Ministry since Independence. Secretary Kerry’s visit is a momentous occasion for Sri Lanka as it is the first official visit by a US Secretary of State in nearly half a century – 43 years to be precise.

  • US Secretary of State John Kerry to undertake official visit to Sri Lanka

    On the invitation of Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera, Secretary of State of the United States of America John Kerry will pay an official visit to Sri Lanka from 2nd to 3rd May 2015. This is the first official visit by an US Secretary of State since that of William Pierce Rogers in 1972. Secretary Collin [...]

  • US Secretary of State’s visit to Sri Lanka, May 2-3, 2015

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will undertake an official visit to Sri Lanka from May 2-3, 2015. The press statement issued by the U.S. State Department in this regard is appended below:

  • President Maithripala Sirisena’s address to the nation, April 23, 2015

    On this occasion that marks 100 days since my election as President, I think it is proper that I address you as your first servant, appointed by you. Following the results of the Presidential Election on January 8 this year, you gave me the opportunity of being sworn in as the Head of State or [...]

  • FINANCE MINISTER RAVI KARUNANAYAKE CONCLUDES SUCCESSFUL VISIT TO WASHINGTON

    Washington DC, February 19: Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake visited Washington D.C. from 17th to 18th February and met with senior officials of the Bretton Woods institutions, the US Treasury, the US Department of State and the White House. He met with Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Christine Lagarde, the World Bank’s Managing Director [...]

  • FOREIGN MINISTER SAMARAWEERA CONCLUDES SUCCESSFUL VISIT TO THE US CAPITAL

      Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera visited Washington DC from 11-12 February. The visit which was his first to the US capital since assuming office as the Minister of Foreign Affairs followed the visit of US Assistant Secretary of State Nisha Biswal to Colombo on 2-3 February and coincided with the completion of 30 days in office [...]

  • Remarks by Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka at the National Press Club, Washington DC 12 February 2015

      Remarks by Hon. Mangala Samaraweera,  Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka  at the National Press Club, Washington DC 12 February 2015   Sri Lanka – US Relations   Mr. John Hughes, Excellencies, Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen,   Thank you Mr. Hughes for the introduction. I am delighted to be here in Washington. It [...]

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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