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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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Minister for Foreign Affairs of Australia Julie Bishop to visit Sri Lanka

The Minister for Foreign Affairs of Australia Julie Bishop will undertake an official visit to Sri Lanka from 19-20 July 2017. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop will meet Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake on Wednesday 19 July 2017 evening for bilateral talks at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, that would be followed by Statements to the Media. The two Ministers would also witness the official exchange of letter of intent and announcement of a dengue eradication programme between the two countries. Minister Bishop would ...

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Singapore Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan to visit Sri Lanka

The Minister for Foreign Affairs of Singapore Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan will undertake an official visit to Sri Lanka from 17-21 July 2017. Minister Balakrishnan is expected to call on President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Leader of the Opposition R. Sampanthan during his visit.  The Foreign Minister will meet Foreign Affairs Minister Ravi Karunanayake on Tuesday 18 July 2017 for bilateral talks, that would be followed by Statements to the Media. He will also have meetings with Minister of Megapolis ...

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The contribution of Medical Professionals from Overseas assisting the flood affected in Kalutara and Matara Districts felicitated at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Seventeen medical professionals of Sri Lankan origin who are members of the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) from the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Norway, the United States, France, Bahrain and Germany worked in partnership with the Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement,  alongside local doctors in Kalutara district from 2nd to 6th July and in Matara district from 7th July to 10th July, including in villages and flood relief camps. Within the 10 day period, approximately 780 patients were given medical, dental and ophthalmological treatment, that included a ...

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Sri Lanka Missions abroad celebrate 150th Years of Ceylon Tea

Over 37 Sri Lanka Missions abroad celebrated the 150th anniversary of Ceylon tea this month in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Tea Board and the Colombo Tea Traders’ Association under the aegis of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The globally known Ceylon tea first originated in Sri Lanka since the introduction of tea cultivation in 1867 by Scotsman named “James Tailor” who is known as the “Father of Tea”. With the passage of time, tea from Ceylon became a well-known name among ...

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Sri Lanka Appeal for Flood Relief Assistance

Due to heavy monsoon rains, several areas in Sri Lanka have been affected by serious flooding and landslides. According to the Disaster Management Center (DMC), over 156 lives have been lost and more than 108 missing while 503,506 people have been affected. The districts of Kegalle, Rathnapura, Kalutara, Gampaha, Matara, Hambantota, Galle, Matale, Colombo, Kandy, Batticaloa, Nuwara Eliya, Trincomalee, Vavuniya, Mullaitivu have been the worst affected

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Sri Lanka Embassy in Philippines celebrated the International Day of Vesak to promote religious harmony

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Manila celebrated the International Day of Vesak on the Full Moon Poya Day on 10th May at the Sri Lanka Residence and subsequently at the Wisdom Park on 13th May.

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Philippines provide assistance to rebuild the infrastructures affected by cyclone “Roanu” in Sri Lanka

The Government of the Philippines donated One Hundred Thousand Dollars (USD 100,000) to the Government of Sri Lanka to rebuild the infrastructures affected by cyclone “Roanu” which caused heavy damage in May 2016. The donation was handed over by Hon. Enrique Manalo, Acting Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Philippines (Minister), on 05 April 2017 to Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the Philippines, Mrs. Aruni Ranaraja, at a special ceremony held at the Department of Foreign Affairs of Philippines in Manila.

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Sri Lankans in the Philippines Celebrated the Independence Day with Firm Commitment to “National Unity “

Sri Lankans in the Philippines celebrated Sri Lanka's 69th Anniversary of Independence with events focused thematically on National Unity and showcasing Sri Lanka's vibrant multicultural, multi religious and multi linguistic character.  The events held at the Sri Lanka Residence in Manila were joined by a large number of Sri Lankans and friends of Sri Lanka from around the Philippines.  

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“Making National Integration a Reality in Sri Lanka”, Commencement of the National Integration and Reconciliation Week in Manila, The Philippines from 8th to 14th January 2017

Staff of the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Manila while respecting the richness of Sri Lanka’s diversity of different ethnics, religions, regions and languages, pledged for the National Integration and Reconciliation a reality in Sri Lanka at a ceremony organized at the Chancery, today (9th January 2017).

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Sri Lanka in Philippine Media

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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PH donates $100K to Sri Lanka typhoon victims

The Philippines on Friday turned over $100,000 to Sri Lanka as humanitarian assistance to those affected by Typhoon Roanu in May 2016 that left 201 dead and caused $1.7 in damages. Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) acting Secretary Enrique Manalo personally handed the check to Sri Lankan embassy officials.

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THE PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT EXTENDS HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE TO SRI LANKA

07 April 2017 – The Government of the Republic of the Philippines turns over USD100,000 to Sri Lanka as humanitarian assistance to those affected by typhoon “Roanu” in May 2016. The said amount will be used by Sri Lanka to finance a community drinking water program in Aranayaka.

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