In the month of February, two congressional delegations of U.S. House of Representatives visited Sri Lanka.  The first was a bipartisan four-member delegation of the House Democracy Partnership (HDP) Committee led by Chairman Peter Roskam and Ranking Member David Price.  An eight-member bipartisan delegation led by the House Judiciary Committee Chairman Robert Goodlatte immediately followed. [...]

Mr. President High Commissioner Deputy High Commissioner Excellencies Ladies and Gentlemen I thank the High Commissioner for the presentation of his Report in which many of the achievements made by Sri Lanka during the period concerned have been acknowledged. As this Council is aware, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka, Hon. Mangala Samaraweera [...]

Mark C. Toner Acting Department Spokesperson Department of State Washington, DC March 15, 2017   On Monday, March 13 at the UN Human Rights Council the United States and other members of the Friends of Sri Lanka Core Group tabled a draft resolution on promoting reconciliation, accountability, and human rights in Sri Lanka that reflects [...]

Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam today handed over the Commission of Appointment to David Bruce Sherman as Sri Lanka’s Honorary Consul in the state of Pennsylvania. He is the first Honorary Consul of Sri Lanka in that state. The Ambassador observed that at a time when Sri Lanka is expanding its bilateral partnership with the United States, [...]

 Response to Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Media Release of 13 March 2017  On 13 March 2017 the former President of our country, Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa, issued a media release titled “Constitutional and legal reforms to destroy the nation”. My initial inclination, when confronted with statements as inaccurate, inflammatory and erroneous as those contained in the media release [...]

The Ministry’s attention has been drawn to a misleading report carried in The Island newspaper of 9 March 2017, titled ‘UN resolutions not binding on Sovereign Nations – Govt., …..but commitments will be honoured in keeping with Sri Lankan laws’, misquoting the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Harsha de Silva. The Ministry wishes to state the [...]

“Sri Lanka is eager to work with the maritime powers of the Indian Ocean and beyond, to make our oceans secure for unimpeded commerce and peaceful navigation”, Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam said, earlier today. The Ambassador was addressing a public event hosted by the Hudson Institute, a Washington-based think tank, on “Sri Lanka, A growing hub [...]

At a well-attended ceremony at the Pacific Club of Hawaii, Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam extended a warm welcome to Bede Dhammika Cooray as the new Honorary Consul of Sri Lanka for the state of Hawaii.   The presentation of the commission of appointment to the new Honorary Consul was preceded by a celebration to commemorate the 69th [...]