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Sunday, 29 March 2015

To be a model embassy providing highest level of quality services and maintain dignity of  Sri Lankan Nation.

To provide excellent services to seekers of assistance and promote friendship and cordiality between Sri Lanka and the State of Kuwait and the two peoples, to promote developmental assistance, trade, tourism, investment, employment and cultural cooperation targeting prosperity of Sri Lanka.

Granting of Dual Citizenship

 

Granting of Dual Citizenship

 

The Department of Immigration and Emigration has issued instructions and guidelines regarding accepting Dual citizenship application by foreign missions.

Applicants therefore requested to visit the Departmental Website www.immigration.gov.lk to download the application and submit the same to the Embassy.

Embassy of Sri Lanka

State of Kuwait

26.03.2015

 
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Press Release

Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi concludes visit to Sri Lanka

 

Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi who visited Sri Lanka at the invitation of President  Maithripala  Sirisena concluded his two-day official visit on Saturday 14 March 2015.  He was received on arrival by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe along with several dignitaries.  The visit follows President Maithripala Sirisena’s first overseas visit to India in February 2015.

The Prime Minister of India was accorded a ceremonial welcome on 13 March 2015 at the Presidential Secretariat including a Guard of Honour and the Gun Salute. The President of Sri Lanka, accompanied by the Prime Minister  Wickremesinghe and several Cabinet Ministers and, officials engaged in bilateral talks with the visiting Prime Minister and the Indian delegation.  President Sirisena hosted a Banquet in honour of the visiting Prime Minister.   Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe hosted a lunch in honour of Prime Minister Modi at which  most of the Members of Parliament were present.  On Friday (13 March) the Indian Prime Minister addressed a Special Sitting of the Parliament, visited the Mahabodhi Society in Colombo, laid a floral wreath at the IPKF memorial and addressed a gathering of the Business Community.

The official discussions on 13 March between the two countries were marked by friendship, mutual respect and understanding. President Sirisena welcoming Prime Minister Narendra Modi emphasized the historic nature of the visit which is the first stand alone visit of an Indian Prime Minister to Sri Lanka in 28 years.  He recalled his fruitful State Visit to India in February and reiterated his thanks and gratitude for the warmth and generosity accorded to him by the Government and people of India.

Characterizing the visit of  Prime Minister Modi as a great honour bestowed on Sri Lanka, President Sirisena said it further consolidates a relationship which spans thousands of years. He observed that the expanse and depth of the areas which at present straddle the bilateral relationship in the political, economic, cultural, and security related spheres and people to people contacts is a manifestation of a relationship which has matured into an excellent example of bilateral understanding.

Prime Minister Modi in his remarks said he was proud that an Indian Prime Minister has undertaken a visit even after 28 years  infusing a new energy and confidence to the relationship. He thanked the government of Sri Lanka for the historic opportunity to address the Parliament at its Special Sitting. While views on recent developments in the political sphere were shared, Prime Minister Modi commended the Government for building unity and elevating the level of confidence within Sri Lanka which he said was important to India and the region. He also commended the efforts by President Sirisena to build an inclusive future for Sri Lanka. While assuring

that  India will not allow its territory to be used for any activities inimical to Sri Lanka the  Indian Prime Minister  emphasized that India would stand by Sri Lanka to build a future that accommodates all sections of society.

The discussions also particularly focused on all matters of bilateral importance including the multifaceted areas of development cooperation, education, technology, fisheries, connectivity,  culture, trade and economic relations, energy, defence and security, anti-narcotics, health, agriculture and Indian Ocean & maritime affairs. The two leaders agreed to take forward the discussions of the recent high level visits with concrete initiatives on all areas of mutual interest.

While Sri Lanka’s appreciation on India’s development assistance valued at US $ 1.6 Billion including in areas of housing, transport infrastructure, health, was re-iterated by President Sirisena, Prime Minister Modi in turn expressed India’s willingness to extend further cooperation on Sri Lanka’s needs.  The Indian Premier announced an additional credit line for  the railway sector valued at US $ 318 million. A currency swap worth US $ 1.5 billion between the Central Bank of Sri Lanka and the Reserve Bank of India was also announced.

The two sides have agreed to take forward the several bilateral initiatives at  officials/experts level in the areas of ; Ocean economy; electricity grid connectivity, joint development of the upper Oil Tank Farms in Trincomalee; recommencement of ferry services; and, the establishment of the Ramayana trail in Sri Lanka and the Buddhist circuit in India to reinvigorate tourism and people to people contacts.

Prime Minister Modi announced India’s intention to extend a facility of ‘on arrival’ tourist visa through electronic system for Sri Lankan nationals which will be operationlized on 14th April to coincide with both the birthday of the Indian Buddhist leader Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar and the Sinhala and Tamil New Year. He also announced  the early commencement of Air India direct flights between New Delhi and Colombo; the ‘Festival Of India'; and, holding the “Cricket Connect” exhibition which will coincide with the Indian Cricket Team’s  tour to Sri Lanka in August 2015.

Signifying the continuing momentum of the bilateral engagement, four instruments relating to Customs Cooperation, the establishment of Rabindranath Tagore Auditorium at the Ruhunu University, Youth Development,  and, Visa Exemptions for Diplomatic and Official passports holders, were signed.

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Media Release

Official visit of Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to Sri Lanka

Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will undertake an official visit to Sri Lanka from 13 to 14 March 2015 at the invitation of President Maithripala Sirisena.

On 13th March, Prime Minister Modi will be accorded a ceremonial welcome including a Guard of Honour and Gun Salute. President Maithripala Sirisena will hold bilateral discussions with the visiting Prime Minister and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will host a lunch in honour Prime Minister Modi. The Indian Prime Minister will address a Special Sitting of Parliament. He will also lay a wreath at the IPKF Memorial and visit the Mahabodhi Society. President Maithripala Sirisena will host a State Banquet in honour of the visiting Prime Minister.

During the visit, the Indian Premier is expected to travel to  Anuradhapura, Talaimannar and Jaffna. In Anuradhapura, he will visit the sacred Sri Maha Bodhi. While in Jaffna, the visiting Prime Minister will unveil a plaque at the site of the proposed India- funded Jaffna Cultural Centre and also hand over to beneficiaries, houses built with Indian assistance. In Talaimannar, he will flag off the first train signifying recommencement of  the Talaimannar/Medawachchiya  sector of the train service to Colombo, following the rehabilitation work carried out with Indian credit assistance.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit is the first official visit to Sri Lanka by an Indian Prime Minister after lapse of 27 years. President Maithripala Sirisena undertook his first State visit to India from 15 to 18 February 2015, after assumption of the Presidency.

The exchange of high level visits is a manifestation of the keen desire of the two countries to build upon and nurture an age-old friendship to a level of extraordinary level of excellence.

 

 

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Colombo 01

 

6th March 2015

 

 

 

 
MEDIA RELEASE

Special Envoy of Chinese Government visits Sri Lanka

The Special Envoy of the Government of China, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Liu Jianchao undertook an official visit to Sri Lanka from 5 to 7 February 2015. During the visit, the Chinese Special Envoy paid calls on President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. The visiting dignitary held bilateral talks with Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs andalso met Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake. The discussions focused on issues of mutual interest covering bilateral political, economic, development cooperation and people-to-people contacts.

The Special Envoy conveyed the warm greetings of President Xi Jinping and the Government of China to President Sirisena and emphasized the continuity of the close friendship and engagement with Sri Lanka, reinforced by the exchange of high-level visits.  President Sirisena warmly welcomed the Special Envoy to Sri Lanka, and reiterated Sri Lanka’s time-tested bonds of friendship and cooperation with China, nurtured over the years. He pledged Sri Lanka’s support for the further consolidation of friendly relations between the two countries.

Describing the bilateral relations as a ‘special friendship’ Prime Minister Wickremesinghe expressed his desire to closely engage with the Chinese Government.

Special Envoy Liu Jianchao extended an invitation from President Xi Jinping to President Sirisena to undertake a State visit to China in March. Foreign Minister Samaraweera is scheduled to pay an official visit to China in the latter part of Februaryon the invitation of the Chinese Government.

The Special Envoy was accompanied by a 10-member delegation, including senior officials of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

 

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Colombo

 

7th February 2015

 
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