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The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington D.C.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa meets with US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo – 27 October 2020
Founder of US New Fortress Energy Wes Edens meets Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa to discuss investment opportunities in Sri Lanka – 12 January 2021
Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena meets with bipartisan U.S. Congressional delegation at the Ministry of Foreign Relations - 17 February 2020
The U.S. Congressional delegation hosted to lunch with Sri Lankas business leaders by Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha – 17 February 2020
Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha commences work at the Embassy in Washington D.C. amidst multi religious observances - 14 December 2021
Celebrations to mark the 73rd Anniversary of Independence – 4 February 2021
The Embassy celebrates Vesak with the participation of the Maha Sanga from the Greater Washington Area, Representatives from the International Buddhist Association of America (IBAA) and devotees in the USA via zoom - 26 May 2021
Interfaith religious observances in memory of the Easter Sunday attack at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. - 5 May 2020
The Embassy celebrates Thai Pongal virtually connecting via zoom with the Tamil community in the USA and a representative group in the Greater Washington area – 26 January 2021
The Embassy celebrates Iftar attended by a representative group of the Sri Lankan Muslim community resident in the Greater Washington area – 12 May 2021
The Embassy hosts New Year celebrations live and virtually enabling children to appreciate the rich traditions & cultural practices – 14 April 2021
The Embassy launches the Pan US Overseas Sri Lankans (OSL) Network – 31 January 2021
NCE,SL Embassy in Washington host webinar to improve market access to the USA – 12 April 2021
Striving to ensure a better consular service by simplifying processes - 17 August 2021
Former US Coast Guard cutter “Sherman” gifted to Sri Lanka arrives at the Port of Colombo - 12 May 2019
The Embassy of Sri Lanka participates in an interfaith vigil at the U.S. Capitol – 9 May 2019
The Sri Lanka stand at the ' Winternational ' Embassy Showcase at the Ronald Reagan Building - 5 December 2019

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Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the US Ravinatha Aryasinha, during a farewell call via zoom on 7 September with Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for South Asia at the National Security Council Sumona Guha, thanked the US Government for the support extended towards Sri Lanka during the COVID crisis, particularly in the donation of vaccines. Emphasizing the multifaceted nature of the US-Sri Lanka relationship, the Ambassador said the two countries continue to have strong cooperation, particularly in the spheres of trade, strategic security and counter terrorism. 

Ambassador Aryasinha also appreciated the support received from officials at the National Security Council (NSC), the State Department and other Departments and Agencies of the US, during his tenure in Washington D.C.

On 10 September at a farewell meeting with Mr. Ervin Massinga, Senior Advisor, South and Central Asian Affairs of the State Department, the Ambassador also conveyed Sri Lanka’s views on the HRC-related matters, in view of the forthcoming oral update by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights during the 48th Session of the HRC. The Ambassador briefed Mr. Massinga on initiatives taken and domestic mechanisms instituted by the Government to address the concerns on accountability and reconciliation, and detailed the work related to the CoI to investigate, inquire, report or recommend necessary action on deliverable measures on preceding Human Rights Commissions and Committees; the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA); and developments with regard to Office on Missing Persons, Office on Disappearances, Office on Reparations, Office for National Unity and Reconciliation, Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka; Engagement with a broad range of civil society on their concerns over human rights.

The Special Assistant to the President, and the Senior Advisor of the State Department appreciated the continuous dialogue maintained by the Ambassador, and said his previous experiences had been particularly useful in understating Sri Lanka’s perspective on some of the pressing issues.

Embassy of Sri Lanka

Washington DC

12 September 2021