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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs honours the life and work of Ms. Una McCauley, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Sri Lanka

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs joins the United Nations Country Team in Sri Lanka in honouring the life and work of Ms. Una McCauley, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Sri Lanka.

Visit of State Minister of Foreign Affairs to Poland, 15-16 February 2018


State Minister of Foreign Affairs Vasantha Senanayake visited Poland from 15 to 16 February at the invitation of the Government of Poland to conduct bilateral consultations to explore ways and means to promote political and economic relations.

UN Secretary General welcomes Decision adopted under Sri Lanka’s Presidency to advance work of the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva


The Conference on Disarmament (CD) presided over by Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva, Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha, on Friday (16 February 2018), adopted a Decision to establish five subsidiary bodies to discuss all items in its agenda, with a view to advance the substantive work of the Conference.

President’s Independence Day Message


If one is to truly fathom the value of independence, it is essential to understand the pain being oppressed and subservient in the face of a foreign power. This is why we are grateful to all our heroes who sacrificed their lives in order to restore and sustain our nation’s independence. On a day like today, when the value of freedom is commemorated, the nation pays tribute to its true patriots whose contribution to our motherland is invaluable.

Prime Minister’s Independence Day Message


This year, we celebrate 70 years of independence from colonial rule. It is an occasion for us to remember that we were only able to achieve independence with the participation of all communities coming together towards a common goal.

It is our responsibility to keep in mind that true independence is only possible when we can unite as one nation, rising above political, religious and ethnic differences.  Only then is independence truly significant and meaningful to all.

Foreign Minister’s Independence Day Message

Foreign Minister

Today, as Sri Lanka celebrates her 70th Anniversary of Independence, I wish to convey my warm greetings to all Sri Lankans residing in the country as well as in various parts of the world. On this solemn occasion, I would like to pay homage not only to those who fought hard to gain independence, but also to the thousands who subsequently sacrificed their lives to safeguard this independence.

Joint Press Statement between Sri Lanka and Indonesia on the occasion of the State Visit of H.E. Joko Widodo, President of the Republic of Indonesia to Sri Lanka


At the invitation of His Excellency Maithripala Sirisena, President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, His Excellency Joko Widodo, President of the Republic of Indonesia, conducted a State Visit to Sri Lanka from 24 – 25 January 2018.

Joint Statement between the Democratic Socialistic Republic of Sri Lanka and the Republic of Singapore on the occasion of the Official Visit by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to Sri Lanka, 22 to 24 January 2018


Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong made an Official Visit to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka from 22 to 24 January 2018, at the invitation of President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena.

President’s Thai Pongal Message

I am extremely happy to convey my greetings to all the Hindus across the world celebrating Thaipongal, the festival that expresses gratitude to the nature.

Since the dawn of civilisation, the importance of agriculture was widely known to human beings. In a background of the rural community migrating to urban areas abandoning agricultural farming to obtain material benefits from industrial and technological growth, the celebration of Thai Pongal depicts the ardent desire to protect and cherish ancient traditions to refill humanity with culture, kindness, peace and reconciliation with utmost devotion towards fellow human kind.

Prime Minister’s Thai Pongal Message

Thai Pongal is celebrated by Tamils all over the world as an occasion of considerable religious significance.

As a festival that commemorates the harvest, it is also an occasion to be thankful to nature for the bountiful supply.

The agrarian society possesses a deep reverence for the Sun God that goes back centuries. The Thai Pongal Festival personifies this tradition with meaning by consecrating the first fruits to Sun God who enables a rich harvest every year. The animals who contribute towards a successful crop are also taken into account at Thai Pongal. These vibrant traditions reinforce the close bond between man and nature in a meaningful way.