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New Secretaries appointed to Cabinet Ministries

Letters of appointment to the new Secretaries appointed to the Cabinet Ministries were handed over by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the President’s House in Colombo this evening (24).

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New Foreign Secretary Aruni Wijewardane assumes duties

The new Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Aruni Wijewardane assumed duties at the Foreign Ministry on 23 May, 2022. She was appointed as the Secretary with effect from 20 May, 2022.

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04 new Cabinet Minister sworn in before President…

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa today (14) appointed four Ministers to maintain the legitimacy and stability of the parliamentary activities and other matters in the country until a full Cabinet is appointed.

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Landing Requirements to Sri Lanka for Tourists/Foreign Passport Holders/Sri Lankans

As per the health guidelines issued on 18th April 2022 by the Director General of Health Services, fully Vaccinated travellers do not need to take pre-boarding and on arrival ( day 01) Covid-19 test (PCR or Rapid Antigen test) before travelling to Sri Lanka.

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Message to Sri Lankans living abroad from Dr. P Nandalal Weerasinghe, Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka

Currently Sri Lanka is facing social, economic and financial distress creating hardships to its people due to the long lasting impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, global political imbalances and macroeconomic imbalances of the country. Although the authorities are taking measures to address the above situation of the country, including taking steps to actively manage its […]

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“Rediscover the World in the New Normal”: Developing ties in tourism promotion at the PTAA 3rd General membership Meeting

Upon the invitation of Ms. Michelle Taylan, President of the Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA), Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the Philippines Shobini Gunasekera participated as one of the special guests of the association’s 3rd General Membership Meeting 2022 at the New Coast Hotel, Manila.

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Vesak Full Moon Poya Day celebrated in Manila

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Manila together with the Universal Wisdom Foundation Inc. (UWFI) celebrated the ‘Vesak Full Moon Poya Day’ at the Wisdom Park with the participation of the Ambassadors and other diplomatic officers from Embassies of Buddhist countries in the region namely, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, and Myanmar. More than 150 Theravada […]

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Revival of talks for the Air Services Agreement between Sri Lanka and the Philippines

Ambassador Shobini Gunasekera met with Atty. Carmelo L. Arcilla, Executive Director of the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) of the Philippines, on 26th April 2022, to discuss the resumption of talks to conclude the Bilateral Air Services Agreement between Sri Lanka and the Philippines.

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Fostering collaboration in bilateral investments promotion: Courtesy call on the Director General of the Philippine Economic Zone Authority

With the view of strengthening ties with the Philippines in promoting mutually-beneficial investments, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the Philippine Shobini Gunasekera, together with Embassy officials, paid a courtesy call on the Director General of the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) BGen Charito B. Plaza, MNSA, PhD.

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Sri Lanka News in Philippine Media

World’s biggest sapphire unearthed: Published by Manila Times, 15th December 2021

Sri Lankan authorities said the country had unearthed the world’s largest natural corundum crystal blue sapphire in Ratnapura, about 113 kilometers away from the capital Colombo, local media reported.

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Travel restrictions on 10 countries to be lifted on September 6 – Roque: GMA News, 4th September 2021

President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases to lift the travel restrictions on 10 countries effective September 6, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said Saturday.

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Duterte looks forward to post-Covid Sri Lanka visit: Published by Philippine News Agency

President Rodrigo Duterte is looking forward to visiting Sri Lanka when the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic situation normalizes. This was Duterte’s response to the invitation of Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to visit his country in a phone call on Monday (June 28), according to a press statement from the Office of the President.

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Rody promises Sri Lanka visit once COVID – 19 pandemic ends: Published by Manila Standard, 30 June 2021

President Rodrigo Duterte will visit Sri Lanka once the global pandemic situation has improved, the Palace said Wednesday. The Palace said that Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa invited Duterte during a phone conversation on June 28 while discussing ways to boost bilateral cooperation on trade, defense, and tourism.

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Duterte, Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksa vow to strengthen cooperation: Published by The Philippine Star, 30 June 2021

The Philippines and Sri Lanka vowed to strengthen their cooperation as they commemorate 60 years of diplomatic ties this year. The commitment was made during a phone conversation between President Rodrigo Duterte and Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa last June 28, according to a Malacañang statement issued Wednesday.

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