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Sri Lanka highlights importance of political commitment to sustainable tourism

The importance of political commitment to develop and implementing sustainable tourism goals was highlighted during an international tourism conference currently taking place in Manila, Philippines.  

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The Cabinet of Ministers direct law enforcement authorities and the Attorney General to take immediate action against instigators and perpetrators of violence and hate speech against religious and ethnic groups

The National Unity Government, headed by President Maithripala Sirisena reaffirm commitment, in accordance with the mandates received from the people at the Presidential elections in January and Parliamentary elections of August 2015, to ensure that our nation never again returns to a conflict-ridden past, and instead resolve to guide our nation towards reconciliation, sustainable peace, and economic progress. Communal, ethnic and religious hatred and violence, and impunity have no place in the society that we strive to build.

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Government Approves Historic National Policy on Reconciliation and Coexistence

On 2nd May 2017, in a historic move, the Cabinet of Ministers of the Government of Sri Lanka approved Sri Lanka’s first National Reconciliation Policy. The process for developing the National Reconciliation Policy was initiated in September 2015 by the Office for National Unity & Reconciliation (ONUR) chaired by Former President Her Excellency Madam Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga.

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Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake visits India

Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake on his first visit overseas as Minister of Foreign Affairs, called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and held discussions with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj yesterday, 6 June 2017. He will have discussions today with Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar and others before returning to Colombo tonight.

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Address by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to UN Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14

Allow me to express my appreciation to those who have been responsible for organizing this conference – notably Mr. Peter Thomson - President of the General Assembly, the Governments of Fiji and Sweden - co-hosts of the Conference, the Permanent Representatives of Portugal and Singapore - facilitators of preparatory meetings and to the Secretary General of the Conference.

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Sri Lanka Appeal for Flood Relief Assistance

Due to heavy monsoon rains, several areas in Sri Lanka have been affected by serious flooding and landslides. According to the Disaster Management Center (DMC), over 156 lives have been lost and more than 108 missing while 503,506 people have been affected. The districts of Kegalle, Rathnapura, Kalutara, Gampaha, Matara, Hambantota, Galle, Matale, Colombo, Kandy, Batticaloa, Nuwara Eliya, Trincomalee, Vavuniya, Mullaitivu have been the worst affected

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Sri Lanka Embassy in Philippines celebrated the International Day of Vesak to promote religious harmony

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Manila celebrated the International Day of Vesak on the Full Moon Poya Day on 10th May at the Sri Lanka Residence and subsequently at the Wisdom Park on 13th May.

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Philippines provide assistance to rebuild the infrastructures affected by cyclone “Roanu” in Sri Lanka

The Government of the Philippines donated One Hundred Thousand Dollars (USD 100,000) to the Government of Sri Lanka to rebuild the infrastructures affected by cyclone “Roanu” which caused heavy damage in May 2016. The donation was handed over by Hon. Enrique Manalo, Acting Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Philippines (Minister), on 05 April 2017 to Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the Philippines, Mrs. Aruni Ranaraja, at a special ceremony held at the Department of Foreign Affairs of Philippines in Manila.

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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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Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena, left, and Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull smile at photographers as they meet at Parliament House in Canberra, Thursday, May 25, 2017. Sirisena's visit to Australia marks the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the countries. (Mick Tsikas/AAP Image via AP)

Sri Lankan president discusses asylum seekers in Australia

President Maithripala Sirisena is making the first visit by a Sri Lankan head of state to Australia. His visit to Canberra and Sydney marks the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the countries. After meeting with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, he was also scheduled to speak with Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton.

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PH donates $100K to Sri Lanka typhoon victims

The Philippines on Friday turned over $100,000 to Sri Lanka as humanitarian assistance to those affected by Typhoon Roanu in May 2016 that left 201 dead and caused $1.7 in damages. Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) acting Secretary Enrique Manalo personally handed the check to Sri Lankan embassy officials.

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THE PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT EXTENDS HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE TO SRI LANKA

07 April 2017 – The Government of the Republic of the Philippines turns over USD100,000 to Sri Lanka as humanitarian assistance to those affected by typhoon “Roanu” in May 2016. The said amount will be used by Sri Lanka to finance a community drinking water program in Aranayaka.

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