Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister calls for advancing e-commerce and e-governance in Commonwealth states in the COVID-19 context

Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena leading the Sri Lanka delegation to the 20th Virtual Commonwealth Foreign Affairs Ministers Meeting (CFAMM) in the sidelines of the 75 UN General Assembly last evening (14 October 2020), called for innovative thinking, collective and integrated strategies to address the multi-dimensional and cross cutting challenges in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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45th Session of the Human Rights Council Item 7: General Debate on the human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories, during the 45th session of the UN Human Rights Council 30 September 2020

Statement by Sri Lanka

Madam President,

Sri Lanka aligns itself with the statement delivered by the Non Aligned Movement.

Sri Lanka’s long held principled position on this matter has been clear. We recognize the legitimate and inalienable right of the people of Palestine to statehood and to the natural resources in their territory. Any form of annexation, irrespective of its size, would constitute a violation of international law, jeopardize prospects for a peaceful settlement to the issue and cause destabilization of peace and security in the Middle East region.

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We are committed to protect and sustainably manage natural resources – President tells UN Biodiversity Summit

The Government of Sri Lankan is committed to protect and sustainably manage natural resources, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said addressing the United Nations Summit on Biodiversity today (30).

“Sri Lanka is home to two UNESCO Natural Heritage Sites: the Central Highlands, and the Sinharaja Rain Forest Reserve. We are also proud of our six sites recognized under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. Sri Lanka firmly stands committed to protect and sustainably manage these natural assets that contribute to our unique and rich biodiversity” President Rajapaksa told the virtual gathering held under the theme of Urgent action on biodiversity for sustainable development”.

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Statement by Sri Lanka at the Interactive Dialogue with the Assistant Secretary General for Human Rights on the report of the Secretary-General on co-operation with the United Nations

45th Session of the Human Rights Council

Item 5: Interactive dialogue with the Assistant Secretary General for Human Rights on the report of the Secretary-General on co-operation with the United Nations, its representatives and mechanisms in the field of human rights

30 September 2020

 

Statement by Sri Lanka

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UN’s responsibility is to assist democratically elected governments – President tells UNGA

  • Global community must stand in solidarity with Sri Lanka to counter terrorism
  • As a nation that witnessed the bitterness of war, SL is committed to promote peace across the world
  • Vigilant on transnational drug trafficking
  • Once developed, universal access to COVID – 19 vaccine is vital

“Democratically elected governments of nations understand the pulse and needs of their people the best. It is the responsibility of the UN to assist and support processes of such elected Governments to bring about sustainable solutions for needs of their people” President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said in  pre-recorded address to the General Debate of the 75th General Assembly on the United Nations today (23). » Read more

Notice to the general public who wish to obtain consular services

For the convenience of the general public and taking into consideration the social distancing requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic, all consular services of the High Commission are now provided by prior appointment. Therefore, those who wish to visit the Consular Section of the High Commission are requested to obtain a prior appointment which can be made online by clicking the ‘Appointments for Consular Services’ menu item on the home page of our website.

Appointments can only be made online and not by telephoning the High Commission. Please note that consular services would only be provided to those with prior appointments.

Please also note that a separate appointment should be made in respect of each applicant/application.

NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC -Suspension of issuance of visas for Sri Lanka

We wish to inform those who make inquiries on applying for visas for Sri Lanka that the temporary suspension of the issuance of visas put in place due to COVID-19 pandemic still continues. Accordingly, the issuance of all categories of Sri Lanka visas for all foreign nationals remains suspended until further notice. (For further details please visit:  

http://www.immigration.gov.lk/web/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=337&lang=en

Therefore, please note that at present the High Commission of Sri Lanka in the UK does not accept applications for the issuance of any type of Sri Lanka visas for foreign nationals.

11 August 2020

Mobile Consular Services

The High Commission of Sri Lanka in the UK receives requests for organizing mobile Consular Services outside London for the convenience of those who live away from London.

In order to assess the number of Sri Lankans who would benefit from such mobile Consular Services outside London, we kindly request such Sri Lankans who require Consular services to complete the online form on our website at the link https://srilankahc.uk/2020/08/03/survey-for-mobile-consular-services/

Notice to Sri Lankan nationals on short term Visas to the UK

The UK Home Office has published on 29 July, the latest guidance about visa extensions for persons in the UK with leave expiring between 24 January and 31 July 2020.

Accordingly, UK visa holders having a visa or leave that was due to expire between the 24 January 2020 and 31 July 2020 and unable to leave the UK  prior to the expiry of their visas because of travel restrictions or self-isolation related to coronavirus (COVID-19) will be given an extra month’s grace period within the UK to 31 August 2020.

However, it has been advised that since the  travel restrictions are lifting globally, such persons will no longer be able to extend their visas automatically on this basis and are advised to take all reasonable steps to leave the UK where it is possible to do so or apply to regularise their stay in the UK.

For further details  please visit  the link https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-uk-visa-applicants-and-temporary-uk-residents#history.

COVID-19 Outbreak – Updating details of Sri Lankans in the UK

ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ COVID-19 වෛරසය පැතිරීම පාලනය කිරීම සඳහා 2020 මාර්තු 18 වන දින කොළඹ ජාත්‍යන්තර ගුවන්තොටුපළ තාවකාලිකව වසා දැමීමටත්, ශ්‍රී ලාංකිකයන්  ඇතුළු සියලුම මගීන්ගේ පැමිණීම තාවකාලිකව අත්හිටුවීමටත්  තීරණය කිරීමෙන් අනතුරුව ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට පෙරලා යාමේ හැකියාව සම්බන්ධයෙන් විමසීම් විශාල ප්‍රමාණයක් එක්සත් රාජධානියේ අධ්‍යාපන කටයුතු වල නිරතව සිටින ශ්‍රී ලාංකික සිසුන්ගෙන්, එක්සත් රාජධානියේ සංචාරයේ   යෙදී සිටින ශ්‍රී ලාංකිකයන්ගෙන් සහ වෙනත් අයවලුන්ගෙන් මෙම මහ කොමසාරිස් කාර්යාලයට මේ දිනවල නිතිපතා ලැබේ.

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Virtual Bilateral Summit between Prime Minister of Sri Lanka H.E. Mahinda Rajapaksa and Prime Minister of India H.E. Shri Narendra Modi

Joint Press Statement

Mitratva Magga -Path of Friendship: Towards Growth and Prosperity

Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, H.E. Mahinda Rajapaksa and Prime Minister of India, H.E. Narendra Modi held a Virtual Summit today in which they discussed bilateral relations and regional & international issues of mutual concern. » Read more

Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena leads the Sri Lanka delegation to the informal meeting of SAARC Council of Ministers

Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena led the Sri Lankan delegation to the informal meeting of the Council of Ministers of the eight-member South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) on 24 September 2020. The annual event, which traditionally takes place on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, was convened in virtual mode this year amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.

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