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The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington DC participated in the 7th Annual "Winternational" Embassy Showcase held on 6 December 2018 at the International Trade Center in Washington DC.

Annual "Winternational" Embassy Showcase provides a platform to promote   cultural and culinary traditions, handicrafts, visual art as well as travel and tourism exhibits from different countries for the community in Washington DC. This year’s event featured more than 50 Embassies and was attended by large number of visitors. This is the 6th consecutive year in which the Sri Lanka Embassy participated in annual "Winternational" Embassy Showcase.

The Embassy booth, which was decorated with posters, colorful sceneries etc, projected Sri Lanka as an attractive  tourism destination and showcased a range of products including Ceylon Tea, spices, handicrafts, apparel, fashion, costumes, gift items, gems and jewellery and traditional artifacts.

The visitors to the Embassy booth enjoyed Sri Lankan traditional food, delicacies and pure Ceylon tea. They were also presented with giveaway gift bags with tea and tourism promotional material received from Sri Lanka Tea Board and Sri Lanka Tourism. Over 1000 people visited the Embassy booth.

Sri Lanka’s participation at this event was coordinated by the Trade section of the Embassy in Washington DC.

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The Charge D’ Affaires, participated in the state funeral of former US President George H.W. Bush at the Washington National Cathedral on 5th December 2018. On 3rd December 2018, he attended a special ceremony at the Capitol Rotunda in Washington DC and together with  members of the diplomatic corps to paid his respects to the former US President whose remains laid in state at the Capitol from 3rd to 5th December 2018.

The Charge d’ Affaires also signed the Book of Condolence on 03rd  December 2018  at the US State Department in Washington DC. In a brief message, he, on behalf of the President, Government and people of Sri Lanka, conveyed his deepest condolences to the Government and people of the United States of America on the passing of former  President Bush.

The National Flag of Sri Lanka was flown at half mast at the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington DC as a mark of respect to the late US President.

Embassy of Sri Lanka

Washington DC

19th December 2018

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Trade Winds Indo - Pacific Business Networking Reception, organized by the US Department of Commerce was held for US companies and diplomatic officers from Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka on 13th November 2018 at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Centre in Washington DC, USA.

The US Department of Commerce - led trade mission, “Trade Winds Indo - Pacific“,  is scheduled to visit India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in May 2019 with the objective of strengthening trade and economic cooperation and exploring commercial opportunities with the respective countries.

US Commerce Under Secretary for Trade, Gilbert Kaplan  in his key note address emphasized the importance of enhancing trade and economic relations with countries in the Indo - Pacific region. To this end, he said  the US Department of Commerce will facilitate US companies to promote  trade and economic ties with Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka. It was further  noted that the anticipated trade mission which is the 11th of its kind, is the largest US trade delegation to the region in more than 3 decades.

Addressing the guests, Charge D’Affaires of the Sri Lankan Embassy, Sarath Dissanayake, welcomed the US initiative to promote  closer trade and economic ties with Sri Lanka at a time bilateral relations between between US and SL are on the upward trajectory. Highlighting  Sri Lanka’s location  along the world’s busiest maritime lanes in the Indian Ocean  and its proximity to the Indian subcontinent, which is home to one fifth of the world population, as key assets, Charge D’ Affaires Dissanayake laid emphasis on Sri Lanka’s geo-strategic advantage for foreign traders and investors as a “gateway to India”.  In this regard,  reference is made to Free Trade Agreements signed with India and Pakistan. In passing, Charge D’Affaires noted that the Lonely Planet magazine has recently chosen Sri Lanka as the best travel destination for the year 2019 and invited US tourists to plan their next holiday in Sri Lanka.

Minister/Commercial of the Sri Lankan Embassy, Sumedha Ponnamperuma, also joined the event.

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The new Cabinet of Ministers took their oaths before President Maithripala Sirisena at the President’s office today (Dec 20)
The list is as follows – 01. Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesighe – Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs, Ministry of Rehabilitation and Prison reforms, Northern Development, Vocational Training, Skill Development and Youth Affairs. 02. Hon. John Amaratunga – Minister of Tourism Development and Christian Religious Affairs. 03. Hon. Gamini Jayawickrema Perera- Minister of Buddha Sasana & North Western Province Development. 04. Hon.Mangala Samaraweera – Minister of Finances and Media 05. Hon. Lakshman Kiriella- Minister of Public Enterprise Development, Upcountry Heritage and Kandy Development 06. Hon. Rauff Hakeem – Minister of Town Planning, Water Supply and Higher Education 07. Hon. Tilak Marapana – Minister of Foreign Affairs 08. Hon. Rajitha Senarathne – Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine 09. Hon. Ravi Karunanayake- Minister of Power and Energy and Business Development 10. Hon. Vajira Abeywardhane- Minister of Internal & Home Affairs, Provincial Councils and Local Government 11. Hon. Rishad Bathiudeen- Ministry of Industry and Commerce and Resettlement and Cooperative Development 12. Hon. Patali Champika Ranawaka- Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development 13. Hon. Naveen Dissanayake- Minister of Plantation Industries 14. Hon. P. Harrison- Minister of Agriculture, Rural Economic Affairs and Animal Husbandry Development. 15. Hon. Kabeer Hashim – Minister of Highways and Road Development and Petroleum Resources Development. 16. Hon. Ranjith Maddumabandara – Minister of Public Administration and Disaster Management 17. Hon. Gayantha Karunathilake – Minister of Lands and Parliamentary Reforms 18. Hon. Sajith Premadasa – Minister of Housing, Construction and Cultural affairs. 19. Hon Arjuna Ranatunga – Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation 20. Hon Palani Digambaran – Minister of Upcountry New Villages, Infrastructure and Community Development 21. Hon Chandrani Bandara – Minister of Women and Child Affairs and Development of Dry Zones 22. Hon. Thalatha Athukorale – Minister of justice and Prison Reforms 23. Hon Akila Viraj kariyawasam – Minister of Education 24. Hon Abdul Haleem Mohamed Hashim – Minister of Postal Services and Muslim religious Affairs 25. Hon Sagala Ratnayake – Minister of Ports, Maritime Affairs and Southern Development 26. Hon Harin Fernando – Minister of Telecommunication, Digital Infrastructure facilities, Foreign Employment and Sports 27. Hon Mano Ganeshan – Minister of National Integration, Official Languages, Social Progress and Hindu Religious Affairs 28. Hon Daya Gamage – Minister of Labour, Trade Union Relations and Social Empowerment 29. Hon Malik Samarawickrema – Minister of Development Strategies, International Trade, Science, Technology and Research.

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