Hon. Dr. Jaishankar, Minister of External Affairs of India,

Hon Tharaka Balasuriya, Regional Minister of State for Foreign Affairs

H.E. Mr. Gopal Baglay, High Commissioner of India,

Members of the Indian and Sri Lankan Delegation,

Dear friends of the Media

I would like to thank the External Affairs Minister Dr. Jaishankar for visiting Sri Lanka as his first overseas engagement this year. Thank you Dr. Jaishankar.

Port City Colombo October 2020

The Department of Government Information said, Sri Lanka’s Cabinet of Ministers on Monday (4 January) has approved the proposal to draft ‘Colombo Port City Commission Bill’ in accordance with the structure desired by the Government to meet national requirements and to attract foreign investments. The proposal has been tabled by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

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It is our responsibility in the New Year 2021 to work together as Sri Lankans shedding all differences to safeguard the dignity, independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Sri Lanka while maintaining ‘Kalyana Mithra’ friendly relations with all countries of the world, Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena stated in his message for the New Year.

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The Sri Lankan Embassy in Washington D.C. organized a Buddha Pooja and Dhamma Sermon on 29 December 2020 at the Embassy premises in lieu of Unduvap Full Moon Poya Day.  This is the Dhamma Sermon organized by the Embassy to mark the monthly Full Moon Poya Day.