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Inaugural Talks under the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement between Sri Lanka and Australia


Inaugural talks under the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) between Sri Lanka and Australia were held on 19 April in Canberra at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.



President Maithripala Sirisena represented Sri Lanka at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting and participated in connected meetings and events in London from 16 to 21 April 2018. The formal Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting consists of the pre-meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, the formal meeting of the Heads of Government and the Leaders Retreat. President Sirisena was accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Tilak Marapana.

Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana attends the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue (BETD), 17 -18 April 2018

Minister of Foreign Affairs Tilak Marapana, attended the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue (BETD), which commenced under the patronage of Federal Foreign Office and Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy of Germany on Tuesday 16 April 2018.

In recent years, the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue has become a leading international forum for high-level

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:-

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.

Buddha Rashmi – National Vesak Festival 2018


The teachings of the Buddha are observed and illustrated on Vesak, which signifies the Birth, Enlightenment and Parinibbāna of the Great Teacher. Buddha Rashmi Vesak, which is the national festival organised by the Gangaramaya Temple and Prime Minister’s Office, will this year too lighten up the city of Colombo in vibrant and spiritual illuminations from April 29th, 30th & May 01st, 02nd at the Hunupitiya, Gangaramaya Temple and the Temple Trees.

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.

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.

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 for all our citizens, based on the 100 Day Programme on which President Maithripala Sirisena was elected in January 2015.

Ministers Tilak Marapana, Sarath Amunugama and Faiszer Musthapha on Sri Lanka’s delegation to the 37th Session of the UN Human Rights Council

The High Commissioner for Human Rights, as requested by the Human Rights Council in Resolution 34/1 of 23 March 2017, will present a written update to the Council on 21 March 2018 on the implementation of Resolution 30/1 of 1 October 2015 and reconciliation and human rights related issues in Sri Lanka.

Special Announcement by President Maithripala Sirisena on March 06th, 2018


I decided the make this special address today, as a tense situation has occurred during the last few days owing to several very unfortunate incidents in several parts of the country, causing disharmony and tensions among ethnic groups.