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Foreign Minister’s Independence Day Message

On the sixty-ninth anniversary of Sri Lanka’s Independence, I extend warm greetings to all Sri Lankans and persons of Sri Lankan origin who live and work across the world in different capacities.

Our Nation’s journey since the 4th of February 1948 has been mixed with achievements that we can be proud of, as well as challenges fraught with pain and anguish.

Consular Affairs Division moves to new premises

The Consular Affairs Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, presently at the BOI building, 3rd Floor at No.14, Sir Baron Jayathilake Mawatha in Fort, will be relocated to the Ceylinco Building, 2nd Floor, No. 69 Janadhipathi Mawatha, Colombo 01 with effect from Monday, 6th February 2017.


Foreign Minister holds discussions with Ethiopian President Mulatu Teshome


Minister of Foreign Affairs  Mangala Samaraweera called on the President of Ethiopia,  Mulatu Teshome, on 01 February 2017, at the Presidential Palace in Addis Ababa.

Regional Consular Office of the Foreign Ministry opens in Jaffna


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs opened its Regional Consular Office in Jaffna at the District Secretariat yesterday, Thursday 26 January 2017.

The opening was preceded by the lighting of the traditional oil lamp by dignitaries and invitees and the holding of religious observances.

Remarks by Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera at Round Table Discussion on Sri Lanka’s Peace and Reconciliation Process


I am honored to have the opportunity to speak at the Institute for Security and Development Policy (ISDP), one of the leading think tanks of Sweden. It is also a great pleasure to be back in the historic city of Stockholm. Nearly 22 years ago, I visited your beautiful city in an earlier incarnation as the Minister of Telecommunications of Sri Lanka. Today I feel fortunate to be here once again when the guns and the bombs have finally fallen silent and Sri Lanka following a new political trajectory.

Balagathu Sri Lankawak


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“The Reconciliation Process in Sri Lanka” Remarks by Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, London


It is indeed an honour to speak at the historic Chatham House today, as one of the first speakers in the New Year. May I also take this opportunity to congratulate all of you at the Royal Institute of International Affairs for being chosen as the, “Think tank of the year by Prospect Magazine” which commended your work

“Sri Lanka’s Role in the Indian Ocean and the Changing Global Dynamic” Speech by Dep. Foreign Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva at the Institute of South Asian Studies


Ambassador Gopinath Pillai, Mr. Shivshankar Menon, Mr. Sanjeev Sanyal distinguished ladies and gentlemen, good afternoon.

Let me first thank Ambassador Pillai for inviting me to the Institute for South Asian Studies here at the National University of Singapore for this public forum on The Indian Ocean.


Pledge for National Integration and Reconciliation


While respecting the richness of our diversity of different ethnicities, religions, regions and languages, with the firm objective of making National Integration a reality in Sri Lanka, we all solemnly pledge this manner.


President’s New Year Message


The year 2017 dawns with new hopes of prosperity, coexistence and reconciliation in our hearts. The twenty two million people of Sri Lanka look forward to an era of sustainability with a determination to alleviate poverty in all its forms.