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The Consular Affairs Division wins e-Swabhimani Award


The Consular Affairs Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs won an award in the category of ‘‘government and citizen engagement’’, at the Seventh e-Swabhimani 2017 awards ceremony, held at the Hotel Galadari  in Colombo on Thursday, 30th November 2017.

Sri Lanka to be reviewed at the 28th Session of the Universal Periodic Review Working Group on 15 November 2017

Sri Lanka’s Report under the Universal Periodic Review comes up for consideration by the OHCHR Working Group on UPR on Wednesday 15 November 2017, in Geneva.

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) was established by the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) in 2006, as a process through which the human rights record of every UN Member State is peer-reviewed.

Remarks to Media by Foreign Secretary Prasad Kariyawasam following talks with US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon


I am delighted and honoured to welcome Ambassador Thomas Shannon, US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, and his delegation, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs this evening.

This is our second meeting in the last two months or so. Ambassador Shannon and I met in New York in late September, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, when he called on His Excellency the President, to discuss the growing interaction and partnership between our two countries. Ambassador Shannon also met Finance and Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera during his visit last month to Washington DC. The Hon. Speaker of our Parliament and a multi-party delegation were in Washington in late September. The level of heightened interaction between our two countries, at all levels, is indeed heartening.

Collection of Biometrics from Passport Applicants applying through Sri Lanka Diplomatic Missions Overseas

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As a part of ongoing efforts to strengthen the integrity of the Passport issuance process, the Department of Immigration and Emigration of Sri Lanka has successfully introduced the mandatory collection of biometrics (fingerprints and digital face image) from Passport applicants and Automated Fingerprint Identification (AFIS) since 15th August 2015.

Entry into force the Agreement between Sri Lanka and the Philippines on Waiver of Visa Requirements for Holders of Diplomatic and Official Passports

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The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Manila is pleased to inform the public that the Governments’ of Sri Lanka and the Philippines have completed its’ domestic requirements for entry into force the Agreement on the Waiver of Visa Requirements for Holders of Diplomatic and Official Passports 

President Maithripala Sirisena’s State Visit to Qatar


At the invitation of the Emir of the State of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, President Maithripala Sirisena undertook a two-day State visit to the State of Qatar, on 25-26 October 2017.

President Sirisena was received at the Emiri Diwan by Emir Hamad Al Thani, followed by a ceremonial guard of honour, and bilateral discussions.

Statement by Sri Lanka on the Unilateral Declaration of Independence by the Regional Parliament of Catalonia

Sri Lanka and Spain enjoy an enduring friendship, and Sri Lanka considers Spain as an important member in Sri Lanka’s partnership with the European Union.

Foreign Minister Marapana attends IORA Council of Ministers’ Meeting in Durban, South Africa


Minister of Foreign Affairs Tilak Marapana attended the Seventeenth Council of Ministers’ Meeting (COM) of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) in Durban, South Africa, on 18 October 2017.

The Meeting marked the commencement of the two year period of South Africa’s leadership of IORA as its Chair for the period 2017- 2019. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) also assumed its position as the Vice Chair which will enable it to become the next Chair of IORA in 2019.

Visit by the UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion of Truth, Justice, Reparation and Guarantees of Non-Recurrence

At the invitation of the Government of Sri Lanka, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion of Truth, Justice, Reparation and Guarantees of Non-Recurrence, Mr. Pablo de Greiff is currently on an official country visit to the country from 10 – 23 October 2017.

Remarks by Prasad Kariyawasam, Foreign Secretary at the Official Reception hosted by the Commander of the Navy on the occasion of the Galle Dialogue 2017 on 9 October 2017


This is the 8th successive year in which the Galle Dialogue Maritime Conference is being held in Sri Lanka, attracting to our Island Nation, personnel from Navies both near and far, and academics and experts in maritime affairs.

I thank and congratulate Vice Admiral Travis Sinniah and his extraordinary team in the Sri Lanka Navy, for organizing this year’s Conference, and for continuing this wonderful tradition that has come to stay. For many, this has now become an annual event to look forward to.