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Friday, 06 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.

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

 
Mrs Chitranganee Wagiswara appointed as the new Foreign Secretary

Mrs. Chitranganee Wagiswara has been appointed as the Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs by the President Maithripala Sirisena. She received her letter of appointment from President Sirisena today (19th January 2015) at the Presidential Secretariat. Thereafter, Mrs Wagiswara assumed duties at the Ministry Office at a simple ceremony.

Mrs Wagiswara is the senior-most officer serving in the Sri Lanka Foreign Service, having joined in 1981.  She served as Third Secretary in Rome, Italy (1984– 1988), Ottawa, Canada (1991-1994) as First Secretary, and as the Deputy High Commissioner in London, United Kingdom (1996 – 1999).

In December 1999, she was appointed High Commissioner for Sri Lanka in Singapore and served in that capacity until January 2003.  In May 2005, she was appointed Ambassador to the Republic of France and Permanent Delegate to the UNESCO and completed her tour of duty in September 2008.

Mrs. Wagiswara was appointed to the post of High Commissioner for Sri Lanka in Canada which she served from January 2010 to March 2014.

When on transfer to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in between her overseas assignments, Mrs. Wagiswara worked in the Administration & Publicity Division, South Asia & SAARC Division, West Division, Economic Affairs Division and Middle East & Africa Division in various capacities.

In April 2014 she was appointed Additional Secretary/Economic Affairs, East Asia and the Pacific at the Ministry of External Affairs in Sri Lanka.

Mrs. Wagiswara read for a degree in Bachelor of Commerce at the Sri Jayewardenepura University.

 

 

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Colombo

19th January 2015

 
Media Release

Foreign Minister Samaraweera calls on Prime Minister Modi in New Delhi

Hon. Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India welcomes Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka on 19th January 2015 at the Official residence of the Prime Minister in New Delhi.

Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka pays a Courtesy call on Hon. Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India on 19th January 2015 at the Official residence of the Prime Minister.

 

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Colombo

 

19th January 2015

 

 
Media Statement

On the invitation of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, His Holiness Pope Francis will pay a State Visit to Sri Lanka from 13th to 15th January 2015. The Government and people of Sri Lanka are looking forward to warmly welcoming His Holiness and his delegation.

All arrangements for the visit are in place and the required constructions are progressing on schedule including the altar at Galle Face Green where the Special Mass and the canonization of Blessed Joseph Vaz, which will take place on Wednesday 14thJanuary.

The President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Sri Lanka, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith reiterating the confirmation of the Papal visit as scheduled, has also outlined the extensive arrangements underway which will also include a liturgical ceremony at the Shrine of Our Lady of Madhu and an inter-faith meeting with leaders of all major religions in Sri Lanka at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall. His Holiness will also pray at the Chapel of Our Lady of Lanka in Bolawalana, Negombo.

The Ministry of Postal Services and the Central Bank of Sri Lanka will issue a special commemorative stamp and coin on the occasion of this landmark visit.

Sri Lanka will be the second Asian country to be visited by His Holiness Pope Francis and his first destination on the forthcoming apostolic voyage to Asia.

The Vatican advance team is due to arrive in Colombo on 9th January for the final preparations prior to the arrival of His Holiness in Sri Lanka.

Ministry of External Affairs
Colombo 01.
 
Message

Message

I am pleased to send this message on this National Safety Day commemoration.

Our country had to suffer much due to natural disasters in recent years. In every such incident the government's ability to minimize the disruption of people's lives is a great achievement.

As a political leader who witnessed the tsunami tragedy and from that instance was engaged in rehabilitation efforts, I am aware of the magnitude of the tsunami disaster and the complexity of the restoration efforts. Our aim was to restore all, other than human lives sadly lost in the tragedy. Therefore, the ability to build new houses for the affected people and resettling them, restoring infrastructure and livelihoods as well as enhancing the welfare, economy and the living standards of children, women and youth is a significant achievement reached by us during the past ten years.

The government's attention is drawn to find both rapid solutions and formulate long-term plans for the effective management of natural disasters,with development plans implemented giving due attention to disaster management. In this context, raising public awareness on disaster preparedness is vital. Establishing a mechanism for early warning and having post-disaster preparedness in place are laudable steps. Efforts by the National Council for Disaster Management towards a new modus operandi to reduce the impact of natural disasters that could occur in Sri Lanka, in keeping with Mahinda Chinthana Forward Vision, are also most commendable.

Development of our country is aimed at ensuring a secure Sri Lanka. I am happy to see that this year’s National Safety Day theme “Towards a more secure tomorrow” is most relevant, and hope the commemorations of National Safety Day will give full meaning to it.

I wish events of this National Safety Day every success.


Mahinda Rajapaksa

December 16, 2014

 
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