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Launch of new interface of Foreign Ministry website

A new interface of the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been launched. The URL for the website remains the same, at:- http://www.mfa.gov.lk The new interface has been designed to be mobile responsive and accessible across different devices, platforms and browsers; to provide a more user-friendly interface for the web-user and public.

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(Buddha Rashmi) National Vesak Festival 2018

The Buddha Rashmi National Vesak Festival in coordinated by Gangaramaya Temple, and the Prime Minister's Office is organizing for the 12th consecutive year will be held from April 29th, 30th & May 01st, 02nd 2018 at the Hunupitiya, Gangaramaya Temple and the Temple Trees premises.

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President Maithripala Sirisena to participate in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in the United Kingdom from 16-20 April 2018

President Maithripala Sirisena will join the Heads of Government of the 53-member Commonwealth at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) that is to convene in London from 16-20 April 2018. The President will be joined by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Tilak Marapana.

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs introduces new system to submit documentation relating to Sri Lankans deceased abroad, through Divisional Secretariats

The Consular Affairs Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in coordination with the Ministry of Home Affairs, has introduced a new system through which relatives of Sri Lankans deceased abroad are allowed to  submit identity documents, affidavits, and other documentation relating to the repatriation of human remains or conduct of last rites, through Divisional Secretariats islandwide.

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Statement by Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana at 37th Session of the UN Human Rights Council, 21 March 2018

I am joined today by my Cabinet colleagues, the Minister of Special Assignments, Hon. (Dr) Sarath Amunugama, and the Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government, Hon. Faiszer Musthapha. My colleagues and I represent the two main political parties that form the coalition government. We are here before this Council together in unison, to speak with one voice, demonstrating the Government’s firm commitment to the advancement of reconciliation, the rule of law, good governance, human rights, justice, equality, and dignity ...

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Mission Activities

“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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“Destination Sri Lanka” showcased at the 25th PTAA Travel and Tour Expo 2018 – Manila, Philippines

Sri Lanka Embassy in Manila with the support of Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB), participated at the 25th Philippine Travel Agencies Association Travel and Tour Expo 2018 from 09th to 11th February 2018 at the SMX Convention Center in Manila.

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Celebration of 70 years of Sri Lanka’s Independence in Manila

Sri Lanka's 70th National Independence Day was celebrated in Manila on Sunday 4 February joined by the Sri Lankan community in the Philippines and friends of Sri Lanka at the Sri Lanka Residence.

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Sri Lanka in Philippine Media

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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Sri Lankan ambassador’s party–like a UN general assembly: Published by Mr. George Sison of Philippine Daily Inquirer, 11 February 2018

Your mantra for the week: “I now keep my focus on the things I like, and I always attract them.” There are only four things we attract into our lives: the things we like; those we don’t like; the ones we love; and those we hate. Whether consciously or otherwise, what we have in mind and in our hearts most of the time is what we experience in our lives.

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AMIC 2017: Rethinking communication (Published on 21 September 2017 by Philippine Star)

In 1971, the Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC) was established to encourage ethical and social responsibility of the media to support democratic access and participation in  media development and production. The international, non-profit, non-government organization serves as a regional research hub for media and communication issues.

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2 Asian communication icons to be honored at int'l media conference (Published on 20 September 2017 by Rappler)

Two Asian communication icons – a theorist and a practitioner – will be given one of the highest honors in the field of communication in Asia by the Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC) on September 27 at Miriam College, Quezon City.

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