The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington D.C.
Ambassador Mahinda Samarasinghe meets US President Joe Biden at the White House Oval Office on the 13th of June 2022.
Ambassador Mahinda Samarasinghe meets US Secretary of State Antony Blinken - 16th June 2022
H.E. Mahinda Samarasinghe Assumed Duties as Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the United States - 02 December 2021
The Embassy hosts New Year celebrations live and virtually enabling children to appreciate the rich traditions & cultural practices – 14 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 Sri Lanka stand at the ' Winternational ' Embassy Showcase at the Ronald Reagan Building - 5 December 2019

I was elected as the President on the 20th of last month, as having secured the trust of the majority of the Members of Parliament. Today I am addressing you for the first time as the President.

This House represents the various communities of Sri Lanka. Whether you are Sinhalese, Tamil, Muslim, Burgher or any other ethnic group, you are gathering here as the Parliament of Sri Lanka.

Representatives of the Parliament were elected by people belonging to the various ethnic groups. However we are all Sri Lankans, no matter which ethnic group we represent.

Today, I am addressing you as the President of every Sri Lankan citizen.

Our country consists of  communities belonging to different cultures, following different religions and speaking different languages. I defend the right of all of you to maintain cultural practices, follow your religious beliefs and use your language.

I am also constitutionally bound to give Buddhism the foremost place and accordingly protect and foster the Buddhasasana, while assuring all other religions in the country their rights.

We have been blessed with an ancient legacy not only religiously, culturally and socially, but also economically. It has been nurtured by different cultures. That is how the concept of “Satharawaram Deviwaru” is related to Buddhist culture. Today, we are entrusted with the responsibility of building the future based on these ancient legacies.

I took over a country that was in disaster. Severe economic crisis on one side, massive public opposition on the other. However, I decided to accept this critical challenge, on behalf of my people and the country, based on the premise that it is my duty to light even one lamp for the country rather than cursing the darkness.

Today we are facing an unprecedent situation that our country had never faced in recent history. We are in great danger. The country could extricate and be secured from that danger, only if we all face this challenge together as one people. It is vital that the Honorable Members of this Parliament as well as the entire populace contribute with their own strength towards the effort of nation building.

The expectation of all the citizens of the country at this juncture is for all their representatives in the Parliament to work together in order to build the country. If we come together, we will be able to invigorate the nation. If we divide, it will not only harm the people’s representatives but the entire nation.

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The United States of America with the concurrence of the Government of Sri Lanka has appointed Ms. Julie J. Chung as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Sri Lanka based in Colombo. She has presented credentials to H.E. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, President of Sri Lanka on 25 February 2022 at 4.00 p.m. at the President’s House, Colombo 01.

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Board of Directors: Seated (from left) Arushan Yogalingam, Shashinie Perera, Sujanie Abayakoon Dr. Yoojin Lee-Sedera, Dr. Ruchika Ranasinghe and Daya Gamage Standing (from left) Lalaindra Wickremaratne, Piyal Jayasankha, Sanje Sedera (President), Aruna Abayakoon, Douglas Perera and Pradeep Perera

The Sri Lanka-America Chamber of Commerce, in American was inaugurated and established on Dec 9 by a group of professional Sri Lankan expatriates centering the City of Las Vegas with the blessings of the United States Congressional leaders.

The Sri Lankan expatriates selected the City of Las Vegas to make it the Chamber’s headquarters because of the global attraction it has for international conventions that brings trade and commerce activist leaders and influential economic peddlers to the city.

Sensing the importance of a twin-nation commerce, trade and investment arrangement of this nature that could bring more meaningful economic engagement between the United States and Sri Lanka, five Members of U.S. Congress – both House and Senate – apart from sending their immediate staff to the event, communicated through video messages, commending the initiators of the Chamber project, some of whom they knew, and aired congratulatory messages. They expressed confidence that the Chamber could bring conducive atmosphere for American entrepreneurs to search avenues for investments and economic enhancement in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka’s new Ambassador to Washington, Mahinda Samarasinghe, delivered a congratulatory message on a video clip.

On behalf of the United States of America, I offer warm congratulations to the people of Sri Lanka on the 74th anniversary of your independence on February 4.

The United States and Sri Lanka have a long history of friendship and partnership.  As you commemorate your national day, we take a moment to celebrate our joint work on economic recovery, democratic governance, and bringing our people together.  Over the last year, the United States and Sri Lanka collaborated to respond to maritime environmental disasters and support affected communities, promote sustainable economic development, and increase opportunities for women and small businesses.  The United States provided life-saving vaccines, ventilators, and technical assistance to support Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 response.  We know that when our governments and societies work together, we can increase prosperity, security, and harmonious relations in our countries and across the globe.

We send our best wishes for a joyous National Day.

Antony J. Blinken,
Secretary of State


Dinesh Gunawardena, Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka was elected to chair the 17th Session of the Ministerial Meeting of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC).