The Government of Sri Lanka vehemently condemns the terrorist attack today at a school in Peshawar killing over 125 persons including 84 innocent children and injuring more than 100 others. This dastardly attack reflects the brutality of the perpetrators particularly targeting school children. The brazen and inhumane manner in which this heinous attack was carried out at a seat of learning is particularly shocking.

The Government of Sri Lanka vehemently condemns the siege by a gunman on Monday 15th December at a café in Sydney’s central business district where 17 people were held hostage and resulted in the death of two hostages and injured five including a policeman.

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.

Senior leaders from U.S. 7th Fleet visited Colombo, Sri Lanka and Male, Maldives and attended the Galle Dialogues international Maritime Conference Dec. 1-6, building relationships to improve maritime security in the Indo-Asia Pacific.

Sri Lanka has been listed among the top 10 coolest countries in the world to visit in 2015, by the Forbes magazine.
Sri Lanka is placed in the 10th position in ‘The Ten Coolest Places to Visit in 2015’ in the magazine’s latest edition contributed by scribe Ann Abel.

Keeping with its tradition, Los Angeles based Sri Lanka Foundation honored twelve exceptional Sri Lankan expatriates who have achieved success in their work and profession. This year awards ceremony gala event was held at Biltmore Hotel in California with the patronage of Dr. Walter Jayasinghe, who established the Sri Lanka Foundation. Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam attended the event as the Guest of Honor.

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.

  • 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.

  • President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama with President Mahinda Rajapaksa and First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa during the United Nations General Assembly reception

    President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama with President Mahinda Rajapaksa and First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa during the United Nations General Assembly reception at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York, on September 23. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon.

  • Depoliticise UN system and mechanism to enhance credibility – President Rajapaksa calls on member nations

    Although the role of the UN in advancing international peace, security and prosperity is crucial in the contemporary world, in order to gain the confidence and goodwill of the international community as a whole, one of the essential requirements is consistency of standards across the board without any perception of selectivity or discrimination, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said.

  • President Rajapaksa joins Secretary Clinton at Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting

    President Mahinda Rajapaksa joined former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the 2014 annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) to extend Sri Lanka’s support to the Elephant Action Network that works toward the conservation of elephants, particularly the greatly threatened African elephants.

  • President attends 2014 Climate Summit: Calls for developed nations to help the developing to reduce impact of climate change

    Pointing out that the health of the global environment today is in need of serious attention, President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday called for the developed nations to financially support the developing nations to reduce the dangers posed by the climate change.

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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