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State Minister of Foreign Affairs Vasantha Senanayake Represents Sri Lanka at the Bled Strategic Forum – 2018 in Slovenia

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State Minister of Foreign Affairs Vasantha Senanayake visited Slovenia at the invitation of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Slovenia Karl Erjavec to attend the 13th Bled Strategic Forum, which was held on 10-11 September 2018. The theme of this year’s Forum was “Bridging the Divide”.

IORA Member States Finalise Terms of Reference (TOR) for the setting up of the Working Group on Maritime Safety and Security in Sri Lanka

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The Member States of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) met in Colombo on 4-5 September, 2018 and finalized the Terms of Reference (ToR) at an initial workshop held for the setting up of the Working Group on Maritime Safety and Security.

BIMSTEC leaders decide to rationalize the Organization as Sri Lanka assumes Chairmanship

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Sri Lanka was handed over the Chairmanship of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multisectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), at the conclusion of the 4th  BIMSTEC Summit held in Kathmandu, on 31 August 2018 .

President Maithripala Sirisena Leads Sri Lanka Delegation to the 4th BIMSTEC Summit; Sri Lanka to Receive BIMSTEC Chairmanship

President Maithripala Sirisena will lead the Sri Lanka Delegation to the 4th Summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multisectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), which will be held from 30-31 August 2018 in Kathmandu.  At the conclusion of the Summit, the Chairmanship of BIMSTEC will be handed over to Sri Lanka by the current Chair, Nepal.

Messages of Condolence by H.E. the President and Hon. Prime Minister on the passing away of former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan

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Sri Lanka Becomes a Member of the Conference on Interactions and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA)

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Sri Lanka was unanimously accepted as a Member of the Conference on Interactions and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) on 15 August 2018, by its 26 Member States. At a ceremony held in Beijing on 15 August, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the People’s Republic of China, Dr. Karunasena Kodithuwakku signed the Declaration of Principles Guiding Relations among the CICA Members States and the Almaty Act, the two mandatory documents that a new Member State is required to sign to obtain full membership.

MINISTRIES OF FOREIGN AND HOME AFFAIRS SIGN MOU TO EXPAND ELECTRONIC DOCUMENT ATTESTATION SYSTEM TO DIVISIONAL SECRETARIAT LEVEL

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With a view to expanding the document attestation services provided through the Electronic Document Attestation System (e-DAS) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to Divisional Secretariat level, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Ministries of Foreign and Home Affairs on 16 August 2018.

FOREIGN MINISTER TILAK MARAPANA REITERATES SRI LANKA’S COMMITMENT FOR A COMPREHENSIVE REGIONAL APPROACH TO COMBATING PEOPLE SMUGGLING

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Speaking at the 7th Bali Process Ministerial Conference on people smuggling, human trafficking, and other international crimes on Tuesday 7 August in Bali, Indonesia, Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana reiterated Sri Lanka’s commitment for a comprehensive regional approach to combat people smuggling, and to work in partnership with governments, international organizations and civil society to prevent human smuggling, protect and support victims, and bring perpetrators to justice.

MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS LEADS SRI LANKA DELEGATION TO THE 25TH ASEAN REGIONAL FORUM

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Minister of Foreign Affairs, Tilak Marapana led the Sri Lanka delegation to the 25th ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Ministerial Meeting held on 4 August 2018 in Singapore.

Joint Press Statement on the Official Visit of His Excellency General Prayut Chan-O-Cha, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, 12-13 July 2018

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His Excellency General Prayut Chan-o-Cha, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand, and his delegation paid an Official Visit to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka from 12 to 13 July 2018 at the invitation of His Excellency Maithripala Sirisena, President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.