Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha in an interview with the Ceylon Today newspaper, published on 31 May 2020 has discussed the many challenges faced by the Foreign Relations Ministry in dealing with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic both within and outside of Sri Lanka.

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Foreign Relations Minister Dinesh Gunawardena participated in a special radio discussion broadcast live on the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) “Podu Jana Charitha” Programme on 30 May 2020 from 8.00 – 9.00 am



Foreign Relations, Skills Development, Employment and Labour Relations Minister Dinesh Gunawardena has reassured that the repatriation of migrant workers from the Middle East as well as other regions will continue, in a manner sensitive to the vulnerability of these communities, particularly those who have lost legal status and/or employment in their host countries. This will be done in consultation with the COVID Task Force, in view of the considerable strain presently placed on the health sector and quarantine centres following the increased number of COVID infected persons who have recently returned from Kuwait. It was noted that it is proposed to explore the possibility of getting PCR tests done prior to boarding all flights in future.

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Considering the many Sri Lankans residing and working in Seychelles who have registered their interest in returning to Sri Lanka, the Government is making arrangements to facilitate their return to Sri Lanka in compliance with the existing regulations and availability of quarantine facilities in the country. 

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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


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


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


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


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,


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