FOREIGN MINISTER OUTLINES SRI LANKA’S DIGITAL RESPONSES TO COVID -19

Visionary political leadership of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the effective use of technology in a whole – of – government approach has enabled Sri Lanka to control the COVID-19 and a wide range of pandemic related issues - said Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena addressing the Virtual Ministerial Conference on ‘Close the Digital Divides: the Digital Response to COVID-19’.

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FOREIGN SECRETARY ARYASINHA SAYS “FUTURE FOOTPRINT OF FOREIGN EMPLOYMENT SRI LANKA WILL PROVIDE THE WORLD, THOUGH PROBABLY SMALLER, COULD BE SMARTER AND MORE SUSTAINABLE”

Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha has observed that despite its immediate gloom, the present situation has been an eye opener in many respects that could help correct structural, procedural and human interface incongruities in Sri Lanka’s labour migration. It also presents an opportunity for Sri Lanka to re-orient foreign employment in a post-Covid-19 world, sensitive to the ground realities in both Sri Lanka and the migrant labour receiving countries, so that the future footprint of Foreign Employment Sri Lanka will provide the world – though probably Smaller, could be Smarter and more Sustainable. 

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MINISTER DINESH GUNAWARDENA AND US SECRETARY OF STATE MIKE POMPEO IN DISCUSSIONS ON MATTERS OF BILATERAL INTEREST

Foreign Relations Minister Dinesh Gunawardena and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo engaged in discussions on matters of bilateral interest in a telephone conversation on 29 June evening.

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FOREIGN MINISTER PRESIDES OVER FIRST BOARD MEETING IN 2020 OF LKI

The first Board of Management meeting in 2020 of the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute (LKI) was held on Tuesday, 9 June 2020 at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute of International Relations and Strategic Studies under the patronage of Foreign Relations Minister Dinesh Gunawardena. Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha, new Members of the Board of Management of the Institute, Professor Kapila Gunawardhana, Dr Rohan Gunaratna, Mrs Suganthi Kadirgamar, Mr Kosala Wickramanayake and Executive Director Dr Ganeshan Wignaraja participated at this meeting.

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FOREIGN MINISTRY HELPS SRI LANKAN EXPORTERS OVERCOME ADVERSE IMPACT OF COVID 19

Comprehensive measures taken by the Ministry of Foreign Relations, in close coordination with the key Government Economic Agencies and the private sector to address and mitigate the impact of COVID 19 particularly on Sri Lankan exports, has helped in sustaining and regaining lost markets for traditional Sri Lankan exports, while enabling new opportunities. Exportswhich accounted for US $ 277 Million in April 2020, had increased to US $606 Million in May, and is expected to grow in the coming months, in line with the revised projections.

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72nd Anniversary of Sri Lanka’s Independence Celebrated in Washington D.C.

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The 72nd Anniversary of Sri Lanka’s Independence was celebrated at a special event organized by the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington DC on 08 February 2020 at the University of the District of Columbia, with the participation of approximately 1000 members of the Sri Lankan expatriate community and other invited guests.  

72nd Sri Lanka’s Independence Day celebrated in Washington DC

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The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington DC marked 72ndAnniversary of Sri Lanka’s Independence by conducting an official ceremony at the Chancery premises in Washington DC on 04th February 2020.

Embassy in Washington DC commence work in the new year with a firm resolve

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The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington DC marked the ceremonial commencement of  work in the new year 2020 with a special programme conducted at the chancery building on  02nd January 2020.

Embassy Christmas Carols and Celebrations bring Joy and Spirit of Humanity to All

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On the occasion of celebrating the birth of the Jesus Christ, the Embassy staff together with their families and friends celebrated Christmas at the chancery premises in Washington DC on 22nd December 2019, in a spirit of unity and harmony.

Sri Lanka participates in Annual “Winternational” Embassy Showcase 2019, in Washington DC

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The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington DC participated in the 8th Annual "Winternational" Embassy Showcase held on 5th December 2019 at the Ronald Regan Building and International Trade Center in Washington DC.

Sri Lanka Tourism and Destination promoted in the US

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Sri Lanka tourism received a tremendous boost and strong acclamation from a group of leading travel agents and tour operators at a destination promotional event hosted by the Sri Lanka Embassy at its chancery premises in Washington DC on 14th November 2019.

Sri Lankan performing artists and musicians felicitated in Washington DC

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On an initiative taken by Ambassador Rodney Perera, the Sri Lankan Embassy hosted felicitation ceremony on 15th August 2019 at the chancery premises at which a group of iconic Sri Lankan performing and musical composers were honored and celebrated in recognition of their lifetime contribution for the Sri Lankan drama and music industry.

Officials at the U.S. State Department Witnesses a Scintillating Traditional Kandyan Drums Performance by the Sri Lankan Descent American Youth

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A group of Sri Lankan descent American youth performed a traditional Kandyan Drums Orchestra at the 10th Annual Cultural Celebration organized by the South Asian American Employee Association of the U.S. Department of State on 01st of August 2019.

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: 65,610km2
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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