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Foreign Minister Amunugama Briefs Colombo Based Diplomats

The Minister clarified the chain of events that compelled President Maithripala Sirisena to arrive at the decision to dissolve Parliament. He emphasized the constitutionality of the steps taken by President Sirisena and added that having being elected through a nation-wide vote, the President derives his authority directly from the people of Sri Lanka. The Minister said in the event of a conflict between the organs of government, seeking a mandate from people who are sovereign ensures that democracy prevails.

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Foreign Minister Amunugama says No Justification for the Changing Travel Advisories

Foreign Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama, said that there was no justification for the Travel Advisories issued by a few countries, since there have been no incidents of violence or disruption in the country following the recent events. The Tourism sector has not been subject to any inconvenience. The Minister made these observations when he met with the leading inbound tour operators, Senior Officials of Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB), representatives of the Sri Lankan Airlines and other leading foreign carriers ...

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New Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha Assumes Duties

Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha, a senior officer of the Sri Lanka Foreign Service, assumed duties as the Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs today (31) having being appointed to the position by President Maithripala Sirisena. The new Foreign Secretary Aryasinha was warmly received by his colleagues this morning, upon arrival at the Ministry.  

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New Minister of Foreign Affairs Assumes Duties

The newly appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Sarath Amunugama assumed duties at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on Tuesday 30 October 2018. The Minister was received by the Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Prasad Kariyawasam and senior officials upon arrival at the Ministry.

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The Second Sri Lanka - Philippines Political Consultations, Manila

Sri Lanka and the Philippines successfully convened their 2nd Political Consultations in Manila. The meeting, co-chaired by Mr. Sumith Nakandala, Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka and Hon. Enrique A. Manalo, Undersecretary for Policy of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) of Philippines,discussed ways to deepen and broaden Philippines-Sri Lanka relations in the areas of trade and investment, defense, education, tourism, labour migration, agriculture, and mutual legal assistance.

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Mission Activities

Promotion of “Ceylon Teas” at the International Bazaar 2018

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Manila with the support of George Steuarts Philippines and Basilur, participated at the 52nd International Bazaar on 25 November 2018 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC). The Sri Lanka Pavilion was traditionally inaugurated by Madame Cielito Salvador Avancena, Spouse of H.E. Rodrigo Roa Duterte, President of the Philippines, together with Madame Maria Lourdes B. Locsin, Overall Chairperson of the International Bazaar Foundation and Spouse of Hon. Teodoro Locsin Jr., Secretary of Foreign Affairs of ...

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“Kathina Puja” for the first time celebrated in the Philippines

Universal Wisdom Foundation Inc. with the support of the Sri Lankan community celebrated Kathina Puja at the Wisdom Park on 18 November 2018.

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Sri Lanka reiterated its commitment to promote and protect the Seafarers Rights at the Manila Conference

A Regional Meeting of Asia’s leading seafaring nations has highlighted the plight many seafarers face in the event of a maritime accident and has pledged to lead the drive towards proper and effective implementation of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and International Labor Organization (ILO) agreed Guidelines on the Fair Treatment of Seafarers.

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Sri Lanka “Wonder of Asia” was promoted for the second consecutive year at the World Travel Expo 2018 in the Philippines

Sri Lanka Embassy Manila with the support of the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB), participated at the “World Travel Expo 2018”, a 3-day promotional event held from 26th to 28th October 2018 at the SMX Convention Centre, Manila.

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Strengthening Sri Lanka – IRRI Partnership

The delegation headed by Mr. Sumith Nakandala, Additional Secretary (Bilateral Affairs), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sri Lanka, call on Dr. Matthew Morell, Director General, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) on 24 October 2018 at IRRI, Los Banos, Philippines.

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Sri Lanka in Philippine Media

PH, Sri Lanka Discuss Ways to Deepen Ties as Manila Hosts Political Consultations

MANILA 31 October 2018 — The Philippines and Sri Lanka successfully convened their Second Political Consultations in Manila, agreeing to deepen and broaden Philippines-Sri Lanka relations in the areas of trade and investment, defense, education, tourism, labor migration, agriculture, and mutual legal assistance. In the consultations that were co-chaired by Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Policy Enrique A. Manalo, and Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka Sumith Nakandala, new areas of cooperation were also explored, including training ...

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IRRI, Sri Lanka set priorities for rice

Ministry of Agriculture and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) signed an agreement on Tuesday to restore the country’s rice self-sufficiency. The agreement, signed by WMW Weerakoon, director general of Agriculture, Department of Agriculture, on behalf of Minister of Agriculture Mahinda Amaraweera, and Matthew Morell, director general of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), identifies priority areas for Sri Lanka’s agriculture and outlines broad areas for collaboration.

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Sri Lanka’s 70 years of Independence: Published by Philippine Star, 22nd April 2018

MANILA, Philippines — To mark the momentous occasion of Sri Lanka’s 70th Independence Day last Feb. 7, the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Manila held an evening reception under the theme “Strengthening Relations through Cultural Diplomacy” at the Sri Lanka residence. The evening showcased Sri Lanka’s vibrant multicultural character through cuisine, culture and music.

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Interview by ANC on Food Diplomacy: Sri Lanka

EXCLUSIVE: Sri Lanka ambassador to PH Aruni Ranaraja sits down with Annalisa Burgos to discuss their bilateral ties with the Philippines, China‘s economic influence and the beauty of Sri Lankan culture over cups of tea and home-cooked curries.

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