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Friday, 31 October 2014

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.

Establishment of a Web link with Sri Lankan Missions Overseas

Establishment of a web link with Sri Lankan Missions Overseas

The Sri Lanka Export Development Board has revamped its website www.srilankabusiness.com with exclusive features and also launched an e-marketing campaign to

promote the said website as an e-marketplace to enable interested participants from obtaining information on Sri lankan export products and services.

 
MEDIA STATEMENT

The Ministry of External Affairs is surprised at some of the recent statements on the outcome of the case filed by the LTTE in 2011 at the General Court of the European Union in which the Council of the European Union was the defendant supported by the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the European Commission as interveners. These statements by interested parties are based on an inaccurate premise.

The Ministry of External Affairs wishes to state that from the outset of the case being filed, legal advice and expert opinion were sought from within the European Union system and specialist European lawyers. Accordingly, the Government of Sri Lanka took action in the most effective manner available, by providing material of a substantive nature to the defendant and the interveners on a regular basis. This was in accordance with Sri Lanka being a non-member state of the European Union and having therefore to meet special conditions, contrary to the national interest of Sri Lanka, in order to be allowed to intervene itself in cases before the General Court of the European Union.

In these circumstances the Government of Sri Lanka provided all relevant material to the European Commission in order to assist the Commission to resist the claim by the LTTE.

The defendant and interveners have recourse to an appellate procedure within the stipulated period from the notification of the judgment.

With regard to future action, the named parties have the options of adoption of new restrictive regulations, appeal to the European Court of Justice and national measures by European Union member states. The Government of Sri Lanka has already commenced and will continue to assist the parties to the case in their future course of action, in the interest of protecting its citizens against intimidation through extortion by the remnants of the LTTE and the possible resurgence of terrorism in the country. The government regards this as a matter of the highest priority.

 

Ministry of External Affairs

Colombo

22 October 2014

 
Press Release

 
Media Release

President Rajapaksa and India’s Prime Minister Modi Agree to Strengthen Relations

 

NEW YORK: President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi held bilateral

discussions this morning in New York City and agreed to work towards further strengthening relations

between the two countries.

 

In a cordial discussion, the two leaders spoke about a range of matters of mutual interest to the two

countries.

 

Regarding the recent meeting the Indian leader had with Sri Lanka’s Tamil National Alliance (TNA),

the Prime Minister informed President Rajapaksa of the discussion that took place with the group. In

that context, Prime Minister Modi acknowledged the importance of the Parliamentary Select

Committee (PSC) process.

President Rajapaksa explained to Prime Minister Modi that the Government has always been ready to

engage in talks with all political parties, including the TNA, for which a mechanism has been

established in terms of the PSC.

 

The President also briefed the Prime Minister on the ways in which the Government is assisting the

Northern Province, particularly with the financial resources in the amount of Rs. 1.5 billion that has

been made available in this year’s budget.

 

On the issue of fishermen, both leaders agreed that the matters must be handled carefully since there

are sensitivities among all concerned parties. President Rajapaksa reiterated his concerns about the

practice of bottom trawling.

“Bottom trawling is the biggest problem,” President Rajapaksa said. “Now it is an illegal practice. We

have banned bottom trawling for Sri Lankan fishermen. It’s creating permanent damage to the sea

bed and resources.”

 

The President explained that Sri Lankan fishermen in the North perceive it as unjust if Indian

fishermen are permitted to carry out bottom-trawling techniques while it is banned for Sri Lankan

fishermen.

 

President Rajapaksa also thanked Prime Minister Modi for India’s support and constructive initiatives

at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva.

 

“We have to live together, so we must help each other,” Prime Minister Modi said in response.

Minister of External Affairs Prof. G.L. Peiris, Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Management

Mr. Nimal Siripala de Silva, Monitoring MP of the Ministry of External Affairs Mr. Sajin de Vass

Gunawardena, Secretary to the President Mr. Lalith Weeratunga, Secretary to the Ministry of External

Affairs Mrs. Kshenuka Senewiratne and the Deputy Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the

United Nations Maj. Gen. Shavendra Silva were also present.

 
Media Release

President Rajapaksa and UN Sec-Gen Meet in New York

 

NEW YORK: President Mahinda Rajapaksa and United Nations Secretary-General Mr. Ban Ki-moon

met for talks at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City this afternoon.

 

Congratulating President Rajapaksa on his leadership, Mr. Ban acknowledged the progress that has

been made in Sri Lanka in the years after the war and expressed his optimism that the remaining

challenges would also be overcome with this type of political leadership.

 

President Rajapaksa outlined the developments that have taken place, including the near-completion

of all demining activities, the improvement of health services, and the rehabilitation and reintegration

of ex-combatants, among others achievements. The President also informed the Secretary-General of

the rehabilitation of schools that the Government has undertaken in war-affected areas. President

Rajapaksa pointed out that, unlike before, some of the island’s best results from national

examinations now originate from the Northern Province.

 

Sec-Gen Ban also underscored the need for wider political consultation for a successful political

process. In this regard, he noted that all political parties must engage.

President Rajapaksa invited Mr. Ban to make another visit to Sri Lanka to assess the development

since his last visit.

 

Monitoring MP of the Ministry of External Affairs Mr. Sajin de Vass Gunawardena, Secretary to the

President Mr. Lalith Weeratunga, Secretary to the Ministry of External Affairs Mrs. Kshenuka

Senewiratne, Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations Dr. Palitha Kohona and the

Deputy Permanent Representative Maj. Gen. Shavendra Silva were also present for the meeting.

 
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H.E. President Mahinda Rajapaksa
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