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MINISTRIES OF FOREIGN AND HOME AFFAIRS SIGN MOU TO EXPAND ELECTRONIC DOCUMENT ATTESTATION SYSTEM TO DIVISIONAL SECRETARIAT LEVEL

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With a view to expanding the document attestation services provided through the Electronic Document Attestation System (e-DAS) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to Divisional Secretariat level, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Ministries of Foreign and Home Affairs on 16 August 2018.

FOREIGN MINISTER TILAK MARAPANA REITERATES SRI LANKA’S COMMITMENT FOR A COMPREHENSIVE REGIONAL APPROACH TO COMBATING PEOPLE SMUGGLING

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Speaking at the 7th Bali Process Ministerial Conference on people smuggling, human trafficking, and other international crimes on Tuesday 7 August in Bali, Indonesia, Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana reiterated Sri Lanka’s commitment for a comprehensive regional approach to combat people smuggling, and to work in partnership with governments, international organizations and civil society to prevent human smuggling, protect and support victims, and bring perpetrators to justice.

MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS LEADS SRI LANKA DELEGATION TO THE 25TH ASEAN REGIONAL FORUM

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Minister of Foreign Affairs, Tilak Marapana led the Sri Lanka delegation to the 25th ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Ministerial Meeting held on 4 August 2018 in Singapore.

Joint Press Statement on the Official Visit of His Excellency General Prayut Chan-O-Cha, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, 12-13 July 2018

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His Excellency General Prayut Chan-o-Cha, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand, and his delegation paid an Official Visit to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka from 12 to 13 July 2018 at the invitation of His Excellency Maithripala Sirisena, President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.

Director General of IRRI met with President

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The Director General of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) said that they are ready to provide required technical assistance in utilizing satellite technology to reduce the impact of climate change on the country’s rice production.

Sri Lanka, IRRI set priority areas to restore rice self-sufficiency

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Colombo, Sri Lanka, 19 June 2018— The Sri Lankan Ministry of Agriculture and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) signed an agreement today to begin restoring the country’s rice self-sufficiency.

MEDIA RELEASE ON A LIST OF NAMES PUBLISHED ONLINE BY THE ITJP (INTERNATIONAL TRUTH AND JUSTICE PROJECT)

The attention of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been drawn to a list of names published online by the ITJP (International Truth and Justice Project). According to the ITJP, this list, which presently consists of 351 names and can be accessed at http://www.disappearance.itjpsl.com/#lang=english is of persons who are alleged to have disappeared while in the custody of the Sri Lankan Armed Forces in May 2009.

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.

LAUNCH OF TRILINGUAL INTERFACE FOR FOREIGN MINISTRY WEBSITE

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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.

‘’Art Speak for Peace”

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‘’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.