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SRI LANKA ELECTED TO THE UNESCO INTERGOVERNMENTAL COMMITTEE FOR THE SAFEGUARDING OF INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE

Sri Lanka was elected today, 06 June 2018, to one of four (04) seats available for the Asia-Pacific, in the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, for the period 2018-2022, at the election that took place in Paris during the 7th General Assembly of UNESCO.

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LAUNCH OF TRILINGUAL INTERFACE FOR FOREIGN MINISTRY WEBSITE

The new interface of the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, that was launched last month, at http://www.www.mfa.gov.lk  is now Trilingual, and available in Sinhala and Tamil languages, in addition to English.

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‘’Art Speak for Peace”

‘’Art Speak for Peace” Global Launch of the International Peace Movement: not by Force but by Art organized by the Earthsavers UNESCO Artist for Peace in partnership with the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the International Theatre Institute (ITI) was inaugurated on 21st May 2018 at the Senate of the Philippines.

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PRESIDENT MAITHRIPALA SIRISENA’S STATE VISIT TO IRAN

On an invitation extended by President Hassan Rouhani, President Sirisena undertook a two-day State visit to Iran on 12 and 13 May 2018 that included official bilateral discussions between the delegations led by the two Presidents at the Saadabad Palace in Tehran, and a meeting with Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

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Statement on the Inter-Korea Summit on 27 April 2018

Sri Lanka welcomes the Inter-Korea Summit between the leaders of the Republic of Korea and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea on 27 April 2018 and the adoption of the Panmunjom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity and Unification of the Korean Peninsula. Peiris told that the commission met with family members of those reported missing, along with civil society groups and members of media. “We engaged in a productive discussion with them where they raised the many concerns they had about the ...

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“Buddha Rashmi” Vesak Celebrations in Manila

A large number of Buddhist devotees including Venerable Maha Sanga from the Buddhist Temples in the Philippines, Multi-religious Leaders, Sri Lankan Community, students who are following Buddhism in the Philippines and other well-wishers together with the staff of the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Manila celebrated the Day of Vesak on 29 April 2018 at the Sri Lanka Residence.

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Mayor of the City of Taguig to promote economic, cultural and tourism relationship with Sri Lanka

Mrs. Aruni Ranaraja, Sri Lanka Ambassador to the Philippines paid a call on Hon. Maria Laarni Lopez Cayetano, Mayor of Taguig City on 19th April 2018. Discussions were focused on “ease of doing business” through city councils and city planning. Also both sides discussed the possibility of promoting tourism and culture through twin city concept between Taguig and Colombo Municipal Councils.

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“Erabadu Mal Wasanthaya”, Celebration of Sinhala & Tamil New Year in the Philippines

The Sri Lanka Embassy in Manila together with Sri Lankan Students Association in Virgen Milagrosa University Foundation (VMUF)  celebrated the Sinhala and Tamil New Year on 08th April 2018, at the VMUF in Pangasinan.

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WOMEN IN DIPLOMACY

"Historically, women have played a large role in politics and armed conflicts”, Sri Lankan Ambassador Mrs. Aruni Ranaraja addressed the Asia Society Philippines Ambassador’s Series on 13 March 2018.  

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Sri Lanka participated at the Baguio Creative City Project under UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN)

The formation of the UCCN revolves around the basic premise of the United Nations about cities as catalysts of the creative economy where art and cultural practices generate livelihoods, an ideas extended and solidified through Sustainable Development Goal 11: Making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. UCCN aims to be a collaborative platform where cities with creative industries can share best practices, built in each other’s capacities and find ways for mutual cooperation in the presence of ...

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Sri Lanka in Philippine Media

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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Interview by GNN Global News Network on Wonder of Asia

"Sri Lanka: Wonder of Asia 🇱🇰🇱🇰🇱🇰 Join me on my TV show this evening (April 10) as we talk about Sri Lanka and its beautiful land, culture, and people and its relations to the Philippines. Watch "Sri Lanka: Wonder of Asia" on "Global Village" with Buddy Cunanan at 9 p.m. on the Global News Network, the Philippines' fastest-growing news channel. My guest is H.E. Aruni Ranaraja, Sri Lanka's charming, dynamic, and energetic Ambassador to the Philippines

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Envoys, public-private partnerships spread hope, joy for Marawi residents: Published by Nonie Reyes of Business Mirror, 11 April 2018

LANAO DEL SUR—The effects of last year’s fighting in Marawi City cannot simply be downplayed, especially upon seeing the devastation in what was once one of Mindanao’s most beautiful cities. On Maundy Thursday, some members of the country’s diplomatic community visited a temporary shelter for evacuees at the Bahay Pag-Asa in Phase 2 of Marawi City’s Barangay Mipaga.

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New AFP chief: All structures in Marawi’s ground zero unsafe: Published by Mr. Robert Jaworski L. Abano of Philippine Daily Inquirer, 07 April 2018

ZAMBOANGA CITY—Incoming Armed Forces Chief Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez expressed objection to allowing residents of Marawi to return to their homes, saying all structures in ground zero of the war on Islamic State (IS) in the city had suffered serious damage that made these unsafe.    

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