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Hon. Thilak Marapana sworn in as Minister of Foreign Affairs

Hon. Thilak Marapana, Minister of Development Assignments was sworn in as the Minister of Foreign Affairs, before President Maithripala Sirisena today (Aug. 15) at the Presidential Secretariat.

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Prasad Kariyawasam assumes duties as Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Following his appointment by President Maithripala Sirisena on 29 July, as Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Prasad Kariyawasam assumed duties yesterday morning, Tuesday 15 August 2017.

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State Minister of Foreign Affairs Attends BIMSTEC Ministerial Meeting in Kathmandu

State Minister of Foreign Affairs Vasantha Senanayake attended the Fifteenth Ministerial Meeting of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) in Kathmandu, Nepal, on 11 August 2017. The Ministerial Meeting marked the 20th Anniversary of the BIMSTEC and provided an opportunity for the leaders to take stock of the achievements and failures of the BIMSTEC during the last twenty years.

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State Minister of Foreign Affairs leads Sri Lanka delegation to ASEAN Regional Forum

State Minister of Foreign Affairs, Vasantha Senanayake led Sri Lanka delegation to the Foreign Ministers Meeting of the 24th ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) held on 7th August 2017 in Manila, the Philippines. ARF is the primary Asian forum in which members discuss current regional security issues and develop cooperative measures to enhance peace and security in the region.  

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Statement by Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, Minister of Foreign Affairs following bilateral talks with Hon. Julie Bishop, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Australia

It is with great pleasure I extend a warm welcome to Hon. Julie Bishop, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Australia to Sri Lanka. The visit is significant, since it coincides with the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and Australia. The people to people links are the bedrock of the bilateral relations between Sri Lanka and Australia. The presence of over 150,000 Australians of Sri Lankan origin has provided a human bridge between the two countries.

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Sri Lanka – Canada bilateral relations reinvigorated

Hon. Vasantha Senanayake, State Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sri Lanka,had a bilateral meeting with H.E. Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada on Monday (07 August 2017) on the sidelines of the 24th ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) in Manila and exchanged views on measures to strengthen relations and enhance cooperation between the two countries. 

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Sri Lanka – Malaysia to boost economic ties

Malaysia and Sri Lanka reiterated keen desire to build on the outcomes of the recent highest level engagements and to achieve concrete progress on the decisions taken. During the meeting Hon. Vasantha Senanayake, State Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sri Lanka, had with Malaysian Foreign Minister, H.E. Dato' Sri Anifah Haji Aman, on Monday  (07 August 2017).

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Bangladesh and Sri Lanka to intensify bilateral and regional cooperation

During discussions Hon. Vasantha Senanayake, State Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sri Lanka, had with H.E. Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh on 07 August 2017, the two countries agreed to progress on the decisions taken during the recent State Visit to Bangladesh of H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena. Meeting on the sidelines of the grand celebration of the 50th Anniversary of ASEAN and ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) in Manila on Tuesday, the Ministers discussed ways and means ...

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State Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sri Lanka, meets ASEAN Secretary General in Manila

Hon. Vasantha Senanayake, State Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sri Lanka, met with the Secretary General of ASEAN, H.E. Le Luong Minh,  in Manila today (06 August 2017). The State Minister conveyed Sri Lanka's keen desire for closer engagement with ASEAN including the impending application as a Sectoral Dialogue Partner (ASEAN SDP). The meeting took place on the sidelines of the grand celebration of the 50th Anniversary of ASEAN and ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) at which the State Minister is representing Sri Lanka.

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India and Sri Lanka discuss the excellent cooperation and understanding on the side line of the 24th ASEAN Regional Forum(ARF) in Manila

Hon. Vasantha Senanayake, State Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sri Lanka met H.E. General Vijay Kumar Singh (Retd.), Minister of State for External Affairs, India, today (06 August 2017) on the sidelines of the 50th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting in Manila. The two Ministers discussed the recent elevation of the longstanding relations between the two countries and excellent cooperation and understanding the two countries presently enjoy. They particularly noted the recent exchange of highest political level visits, the constant elevation of the ...

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Sri Lanka in Philippine Media

Sri Lanka Clears Major Hurdle For China’s Silk Route Project

COLOMBO (IDN) – The signing of a deal between the Sri Lankan government and a Chinese company, basically transferring the ownership on a 99-year lease of the strategically located Chinese-built Hambantota Port and 5,000 acres of land surrounding it for an industrial park in southern Sri Lanka has cleared a major hurdle for China’s ambitious Maritime Silk Route project while at the same time raising concerns about security and sovereignty issues.  

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Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano Holds Bilateral Meeting with Sri Lanka’s State Minister of Foreign Affairs Vasantha Senanayake

05 August 2017, Manila – Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano met Sri Lanka’s State Minister of Foreign Affairs Vasantha Senanayake on Saturday 05 August 2017 and discussed improving trade, tourism and labor cooperation between the two countries. During the meeting, Secretary Cayetano expressed his appreciation for Sri Lanka's support for the Philippine government’s fight against terrorism. The State Minister offered to share Sri Lanka’s counterterrorism experience, as well as their experience in the reconciliation process.

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Wonderful Experience in Sri Lanka by Travelife

In Sri Lanka until this morning, living a #Travelife, I had the good fortune to have two delicious crab meals. I'm writing about it because it's a simple test of the Law of Attraction, which works for me every hour of every day in my never-ending Travelife.

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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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