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Message of H.E. the President of Sri Lanka on the World Environment Day 2020

I am pleased to pen this message of greetings on the occasion of the WorldEnvironment Day, marked on June 5 every year, which aims at enhancing the awareness among the people on the importance of protecting the environment and drawing attention of the policymakers to environmental issues.

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“Pressure from migrant workers mounting and felt strongly by our missions” by Ravinatha Aryasinha/Secretary of Foreign Relations

The Ministry of Foreign Relations (MFR) is dealing with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic both within and outside Sri Lanka. Foreign Secretary, Ravinatha Aryasinha, took time off to explain how he and others have taken up the challenge to do their best.

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Reassuring continued repartition of migrant workers by Hon. Minister/Foreign Relations

Foreign Relations Minister Dinesh Gunawardena participated in a special radio discussion broadcast live on the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) “Podu Jana Charitha” Programme on 30 May 2020 from 8.00 – 9.00 am

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Address by H.E. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, President of Sri Lanka, at the virtual ‘High – Level Event on Financing for Development in the Era of COVID–19 and beyond’, on 28th May 2020

I thank the Prime Ministers of Canada and Jamaica and the Secretary General of the United Nations for convening this meeting.Global trade, tourism, investments and employment have come to a standstill. The pandemic has suddenly disrupted once sustainable businesses and economies, to unsustainable state of affairs.

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Mission Activities

Sri Lanka to further enhance defense cooperation with the Philippines

Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the Philippines Shobini Gunasekera paid a courtesy call on Hon. Delfin N. Lorenzana, Secretary of Defense of the Republic of the Philippines, on 27 th February 2020. The discussions focused on both the traditional and non-traditional security issues faced by the region.

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Sri Lanka promoted to the members of the Consular Corps of the Philippines

At the invitation of the Consular Corps, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the Philippines, Shobini Gunasekera, spoke at their Second Luncheon Meeting on 26 February 2020 held in Makati Shangri La to promote Sri Lanka as a country to visit in 2020.

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“So Sri Lanka: The Next Travel Destination for Filipinos” at the PTAA Travel Tour Expo 2020

The alluring island-nation of Sri Lanka was promoted as the next travel destination for Filipino travellers through the Sri Lankan Pavilion at the Philippines’ premier tourism and travel exhibition, PTAA Travel Tour Expo 2020, on 7-9 February 2020 at the SMX Convention Center-Manila, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City.

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“The friendship between the Philippines and Sri Lanka and our people have grown stronger through six decades of diplomatic ties.” – Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin, Jr., at the 72nd Independence Day of Sri Lanka

Foreign Affairs Secretary (Minister) of the Philippines Teodoro L. Locsin, Jr., gracing this occasion as the Chief Guest, vowed to pursue deeper ties between Philippines and Sri Lanka. In his speech, he referred to the decades of civil war and division and conflict the country had undergone and commended the energetic development and sustainable progress […]

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“So Sri Lanka: The Resplendent Island” Tourism Promotion and High-Level Networking Session in Manila, Philippines

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Manila, in cooperation with the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB), organized a tourism promotion and high-level networking session themed “So Sri Lanka: The Resplendent Island” on 5 February 2020 at Shangri-La Makati. The event was held in line with the SLTPB’s participation at the PTAA Travel Tour Expo […]

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Sri Lanka News in Philippine Media

A president like no other: Published by Mr. Glenn Gale of The Manila Times, 10 March 2020

ON the global airways Sri Lanka likes to boast (and with every reason given its ancient history and natural beauty) that it is “a land like no other.” Now it can also proclaim that in recently installed President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the country has “a President like no other.”

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Sri Lanka’s 72nd Independence Day celebrated in Manila: Published by The Manila Times, 2nd March 2020

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. vowed to pursue deeper ties between the Philippines and Sri Lanka during the celebration of the South Asian country’s 72nd anniversary of independence in Makati City.

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PTAA Travel Tour Expo 2020—“So Sri Lanka: The Next Travel Destination for Filipinos”: Published by Philippines Graphic, 23 February 2020

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Manila together with the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) participated at the Philippines’ biggest tourism fair—the Philippine Travel Agencies Association, Inc. (PTAA) Travel Tour Expo 2020, from Feb. 7-9 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City.

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Locsin commits to deeper PH-Sri Lanka ties: Published by Philippines Graphic, 23 February 2020

Sri Lanka celebrated its 72nd anniversary of independence at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel on Feb.5, with Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin, Jr., as guest speaker.

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Sri Lanka marks 72nd year of independence: Published by Fortune Ledesma – Philippine Daily Inquirer, 25 February 2020

Sri Lanka’s 72nd anniversary of independence was celebrated recently at Makati Shangri-La. Members of the diplomatic community, Philippine government officials, business sector, tourism industry players, media, cross section of Sri Lankans based in the Philippines and friends of Sri Lanka, attended the event.

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