The World Affairs Council – Washington D.C. (WAC-DC) commenced the New Year with a programme on Sri Lanka at a reception hosted by Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam for members and guests of the WAC-DC at the Sri Lanka Residence on January 12. This event coincided with the National Integration and Reconciliation Week observed in Sri Lanka [...]

Sri Lanka condemns, unequivocally and in the strongest terms, the assassination of the Ambassador for the Russian Federation to the Republic of Turkey, in Ankara, on 19 December. The Government of Sri Lanka extends deepest condolences to the family of Ambassador Andrey Karlov, and the Government and people of the Russian Federation. Sri Lanka denounces [...]

Sri Lanka was selected as eligible for a Compact Programme under the U.S. Millennium Challenge Cooperation (MCC) at the meeting of the MCC Board of Directors held in Washington DC on 13 December. Compact Programmes are large, five-year grants for countries that meets MCC’s eligibility criteria of good governance, economic freedom and investment in its citizens. The [...]

Vice President-elect of the USA, Mr. Mike Pence, called President Maithripala Sirisena last night, Thursday 1 December 2016, on behalf of President-elect Mr. Donald Trump. During the conversation, President Sirisena conveyed his best wishes to the new Administration under the leadership of President-elect Mr. Donald Trump. The conversation focused on measures for strengthening bilateral relations [...]

The surprising result of Sri Lanka’s presidential election almost two years ago yielded an unexpected changing of the guard and a sense of shock which lasted for a number of weeks. Two weeks ago, the US marked a similar watershed moment in its political history and it is still reeling from the reality bred by [...]

Congratulating U.S. President-elect Donald J. Trump on his election as the 45th President of the Unites States, the President and Prime Minister of Sri Lanka conveyed the following messages: Message from President Maithripala Sirisena The Honourable Donald J. Trump The President-elect of the United States of America Dear Mr. Trump,  The Government and the people of [...]

A celebration was held to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Ordination of the Most Venerable Katugastota Uparatana Thero, Chief Judiciary Sanganayake of the United States and the Chief Incumbent of the Maryland Buddhist Vihara in Wheaton, on Sunday, October 30, 2016 at Vihara Premises. More than sixty Buddhist Priests representing several Buddhist Temples across [...]

At the Annual “Clearing the Path” Gala 2016 organized by The Marshall Legacy Institute (MLI) of Washington D.C., Mine Detection Dog (MDD) Alvin and its handler Lance Corporal Nawarathne of the Sri Lanka Army Engineers Humanitarian Demining Unit, were selected as the MDD team of the year. The Marshall Legacy Institute, an organization dedicated to [...]