Category Archives: News

Matara Regional Consular Declared Open


The Matara Regional Consular Office of the Foreign Ministry was declared open today (15) jointly by Minister of Foreign Affairs Tilak Marapana and Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera. Several members of the Southern Provincial Council, members of local government bodies of the Matara District and senior government officials including the District Secretary of Matara and Divisional Secretaries of the Southern Province attended the opening ceremony.

Joint Communiqué between the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and the Republic of Maldives

On an invitation by His Excellency Maithripala Sirisena, President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, His Excellency Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, President of the Republic of Maldives undertook a State Visit together with First Lady Fazna Ahmed, to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, the bilateral component of which was on 5 February 2019. During the Visit, President Solih also attended the official ceremony held on February 4, 2019, to mark the 71st National Day of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, as the Guest of Honour.

President Maithripala Sirisena Concludes a Successful Visit to Singapore


President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, Maithripala Sirisena undertook a visit to Singapore on 23-25 January 2019 to deliver a Keynote Speech at the Third Forum of Ministers and Environment Authorities of Asia Pacific, jointly organised by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Ministry for the Environment and Water Resources of Singapore.

Sri Lanka – Philippines Joint Statement


Upon the invitation of His Excellency Rodrigo Roa Duterte, President of the Republic of the Philippines, His Excellency Maithripala Sirisena, President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, undertook a State Visit to the Philippines from 15 to 19 January 2019.

29 Cabinet Ministers sworn in


The new Cabinet of Ministers took their oaths before President Maithripala Sirisena at the President’s office today (Dec 20).

Foreign Minister Amunugama Briefs Colombo Based Diplomats


The Minister clarified the chain of events that compelled President Maithripala Sirisena to arrive at the decision to dissolve Parliament. He emphasized the constitutionality of the steps taken by President Sirisena and added that having being elected through a nation-wide vote, the President derives his authority directly from the people of Sri Lanka. The Minister said in the event of a conflict between the organs of government, seeking a mandate from people who are sovereign ensures that democracy prevails.

Foreign Minister Amunugama says “No Justification for the Changing Travel Advisories”


Foreign Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama, said that there was no justification for the Travel Advisories issued by a few countries, since there have been no incidents of violence or disruption in the country following the recent events. The Tourism sector has not been subject to any inconvenience.

The Minister made these observations when he met with the leading inbound tour operators, Senior Officials of Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB), representatives of the Sri Lankan Airlines and other leading foreign carriers to discuss the Travel Advisories issued recently. He said that the Government was fully committed to safeguarding and improving of the tourism industry.

New Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha Assumes Duties


Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha, a senior officer of the Sri Lanka Foreign Service, assumed duties as the Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs today (31) having being appointed to the position by President Maithripala Sirisena.

The new Foreign Secretary Aryasinha was warmly received by his colleagues this morning, upon arrival at the Ministry.


New Minister of Foreign Affairs Assumes Duties


The newly appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Sarath Amunugama assumed duties at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on Tuesday 30 October 2018.

The Minister was received by the Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Prasad Kariyawasam and senior officials upon arrival at the Ministry.

The Second Sri Lanka – Philippines Political Consultations, Manila


Sri Lanka and the Philippines successfully convened their 2nd Political Consultations in Manila.

The meeting, co-chaired by Mr. Sumith Nakandala, Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka and Hon. Enrique A. Manalo, Undersecretary for Policy of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) of Philippines,discussed ways to deepen and broaden Philippines-Sri Lanka relations in the areas of trade and investment, defense, education, tourism, labour migration, agriculture, and mutual legal assistance.