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President's Independence Day Message

Many freedom struggles of humankind have aggrandized the story of human progress. We Sri Lankans too have inherited a long history of such struggles, that brings forth memories of grief and glory, from the times of our Kings to that of modern democracy. The nation is indebted to our forebears, whose selfless sacrifice of sweat and blood have brought about the freedom, in which we breathe today.

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Prime Minister's Independence Day Message

As Sri Lanka celebrates the 69th Independence Day, I believe that we are also celebrating the 02nd anniversary of the election of Good Governance Government. In order to make the spirit of freedom more meaningful to us all, the Government must take steps that reaffirm the liberties of the people with regard to their economic, social and spiritual well being.

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Foreign Minister's Independence Day Message

On the sixty-ninth anniversary of Sri Lanka’s Independence, I extend warm greetings to all Sri Lankans and persons of Sri Lankan origin who live and work across the world in different capacities. Our Nation’s journey since the 4th of February 1948 has been mixed with achievements that we can be proud of, as well as challenges fraught with pain and anguish.

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Consular Affairs Division moves to new premises

The Consular Affairs Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, presently at the BOI building, 3rd Floor at No.14, Sir Baron Jayathilake Mawatha in Fort, will be relocated to the Ceylinco Building, 2nd Floor, No. 69 Janadhipathi Mawatha, Colombo 01 with effect from Monday, 6th February 2017.  

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Foreign Minister holds discussions with Ethiopian President Mulatu Teshome

Minister of Foreign Affairs  Mangala Samaraweera called on the President of Ethiopia,  Mulatu Teshome, on 01 February 2017, at the Presidential Palace in Addis Ababa.

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Mission Activities

Sri Lankans in the Philippines Celebrated the Independence Day with Firm Commitment to “National Unity “

Sri Lankans in the Philippines celebrated Sri Lanka's 69th Anniversary of Independence with events focused thematically on National Unity and showcasing Sri Lanka's vibrant multicultural, multi religious and multi linguistic character.  The events held at the Sri Lanka Residence in Manila were joined by a large number of Sri Lankans and friends of Sri Lanka from around the Philippines.  

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“Making National Integration a Reality in Sri Lanka”, Commencement of the National Integration and Reconciliation Week in Manila, The Philippines from 8th to 14th January 2017

Staff of the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Manila while respecting the richness of Sri Lanka’s diversity of different ethnics, religions, regions and languages, pledged for the National Integration and Reconciliation a reality in Sri Lanka at a ceremony organized at the Chancery, today (9th January 2017).

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“Dawn of an Era of Sustainability”, Commemoration of the 2nd Anniversary of Office of His Excellency President Maithripala Sirisena of Sri Lanka, 8th January 2017

Sri Lanka Embassy in Manila organized a simple ceremony this morning (8th January) to mark the 2nd Anniversary of His Excellency Maithripala Sirisena’s Presidency. Members of the clergy invoked blessings in accordance with religious faith to the President, People and the Sri Lankans living in the Philippines.

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New Year begins with much hope in Manila

A simple ceremonial commencement of work was held at the Chancery on Tuesday,  3rd January being the first working day of the year 2017  with the participation of all Home-based and Local Staff.

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Ceylon Tea showcased at “Shop Global, Help Local” in Manila

The International Bazaar Foundation's Annual Bazaar which was celebrating its Golden Jubilee showcased Ceylon Tea at a well-received presentation through the Pavilion organized by the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Manila. Conceptualized on the theme   “Enjoy a Good Cup of Ceylon Tea”, the Pavilion was declared open by Hon. Perfecto R. Yasay, Jr., Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines, and Mme. Cecile Yasay, Chairperson of the International Bazaar Foundation (IBF) and Sri Lanka's Ambassador in Manila, Mrs. Aruni Ranaraja, ...

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Sri Lanka in Philippine Media

‘The Monk and the Peasant’ launched in Manila

In an effort to present the concept of traditional villages – one that is fast disappearing– Prof. J.B. Disanayaka and Manila-based Sri Lankan photographer Tilak Hettige give a nostalgic glimpse of that time when culture, religion and tradition was the focus of everyday life in their book entitled “The Monk and the Peasant.” In recognition of the work, the Embassy of Sri Lanka held a launch for the coffee table book at the Sri Lankan Ambassador’s residence last November.

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Independence Day of Sri Lanka

The people of Sri Lanka celebrated Saturday their 69th Independence Day commemorating the day the country achieved political independence from the British in 1948. This day is celebrated all over the country through cultural performances, exquisite parades and flag-hoisting ceremonies. The President of Sri Lanka annually delivers a speech to remember not only the country’s hard-fought independence but also Sri Lanka’s rich national history.

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Sri Lanka Proudly Celebrates 69 Years of Independence with the Theme: “National Unity”

Sri Lanka's 69th Independence Day (Sinhala:නිදහස් දිනය,Tamil: சுதந்திர தினம்/விடுதலை நாள்) is celebrated on February 4th, in accordance with Lipass/Joshua Louis Law to commemorate its internal political independence from British rule in 1948.

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10 Reasons Why Sri Lanka Should Be in Your Travel Bucket List

The Pearl of the Indian Ocean is not a prime destination for holiday-goers or backpackers, and that’s exactly what makes it even more worth the visit. This country, once ravaged by war and conflict, now shines with diversity, stunning colonial architecture, captivating heritage sites, unspoiled beaches, and natural wonders. Here, we give you ten reasons why Sri Lanka should be in your travel bucket list:

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The Monk and the Peasant launched in Manila

"The Monk and the Peasant, a study of the traditional Sinhalese Village and a well presented coffeetable book co-authored by renowned Sri Lankan scholar Professor J.B. Dissanayaka and internationally recognized Sri Lankan photographer Tilak, Hettige, was launched at the Sri Lanka ambassador's residence in Manila on Nov. 8.

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