Sri Lanka High Commission in London celebrates Deepavali with the participation of British Sri Lankan community

The High Commission of Sri Lanka in London held its annual Deepavali celebrations on 19 November 2021 at the High Commission premises, with the attendance of British Sri Lankan community, Councillors, UK Government representatives, and other dignitaries.

Celebrations commenced with Hindu religious observances led by Sivashri Eladchumi Thiyagaraja Kurukkal from Vel Murugan Temple in Watford, who invoked blessings on those who were present at the occasion, as well as on Sri Lanka and its people. » Read more

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa participates at the World Leaders Summit of COP26

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa participating at the World Leaders Summit of the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) addressed the plenary on 01 November 2021.

He stated that Sri Lanka as a developing tropical island nation with abundant biodiversity, is deeply aware of the impacts of climate change, and its rich philosophical heritage, shaped by Lord Buddha’s teachings, places great value on environmental integrity. He also called upon all nations to work together in a spirit of true cooperation to overcome climate crisis and sustain humanity and the planet. » Read more

Speech by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the COP 26 Side Event, on 31 Oct 2021, in Glasgow, Scotland, UK

Ayubowan.

It gives me great pleasure to address you this evening and I am very happy to see such an illustrious turnout at this event.

As we are all aware, climate change is one of the greatest crises the world currently faces.

The leaders of nearly all countries are meeting over the next two days to discuss and hopefully commit to actions that will start leading us out of it.

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Foreign Minister Prof G. L. Peiris visits Jesus College, University of Cambridge for discussions

 

Foreign Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris visited Jesus College, University of Cambridge, for a discussion of issues relating to Sri Lanka and the way forward.

Among those participating were Professor Sir Ivan Lawrence QC, the Rt. Hon. Sir Rupert Jackson PC QC, Professor Mads Andenas QC, Professor Andy Haynes, Professor Barry Rider, Ms Kim Hollis QC and Dr. Dominic Thomas – James.

The Foreign Minister thanked the legal luminaries for their kindness in participating in the discussion and for their valuable insights and suggestions.

In London, separately, Minister Peiris met former Foreign Minister of Australia and currently Director of the International School for Government in the United Kingdom Lord Daniel Brennan QC and Alexander Downer.

Foreign Ministry
Colombo

 

31 October, 2021

Final Keynote Address Hon. Tharaka Balasuriya, State Minister of Regional Cooperation at the “Youth in Climate Action Virtual Conference”, 29 October 2021

Ms. Maryaam Rehman, Director, British Council
Excellencies,
Ladies and gentlemen,

It is my great pleasure to deliver this final keynote address at the “Youth in Climate Action” Virtual Conference.  My congratulations to the British Council for organizing this virtual conference on a very timely and important topic, especially as the world eagerly awaits the outcome of the COP 26 which is to commence shortly in Glasgow. » Read more

Foreign Minister Prof G. L. Peiris meets the UK Foreign Secretary

Foreign Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris met the UK Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs Elizabeth Truss on 26 October 2021 at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.

Minister Prof Peiris informed Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Truss that having fully vaccinated about 82% of the eligible population, life is getting back to normalcy in Sri Lanka. He informed that tourism which collapsed during the pandemic is picking up with modest numbers and other businesses are also picking up. He stated that Sri Lankan apparel industry which remained resilient even during the height of the pandemic was able to shift to produce other items such as Personal Protection Equipment (PPEs). » Read more

Wanderlust Travel Awards 2021

 

Sri Lanka can be voted for Wanderlust Travel Awards 2021 under the following two categories;

  • 𝐌𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐝𝐞𝐬𝐢𝐫𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐫𝐲 𝐥𝐨𝐧𝐠 𝐡𝐚𝐮𝐥 – 𝐒𝐫𝐢 𝐋𝐚𝐧𝐤𝐚
  • 𝐌𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐝𝐞𝐬𝐢𝐫𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐜𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐥𝐨𝐧𝐠 𝐡𝐚𝐮𝐥 – 𝐆𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐞

The link to vote  https://wanderlusttravelawards.com/awards/ (Vote Here section)

Voting closes on October 22, 2021

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Sri Lanka High Commission pays an official visit to the Natural History Museum in London

High Commissioner Saroja Sirisena and the staff of the Sri Lanka High Commission in London was invited for an official visit to the Natural History Museum in London on 15 October 2021.

The Natural History Museum in London is a world-class visitor attraction that welcomes more than 5 million visitors annually and a leading science research centre which contains estimated 80 million specimens representing global biological and geological biodiversity. The Museum first opened its doors on 18 April 1881. It remained a part of the British Museum until 1963 and was officially renamed ‘The Natural History Museum’ in 1992.

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SUPPLY OF ELECTRICAL POWER FROM RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES ON BUILD OWN OPERATE BASIS (BOO) FOR 20 YEAR CONTRACT PERIOD

The Government of Sri Lanka has targeted to achieve 70% of the electricity demand of country from Renewable Energy (RE) sources by 2030.

In this regard, the Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority (SLSEA), and the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) jointly invites proposals from prospective Investors (foreign and/or local), to invest and setup renewable energy projects in Sri Lanka to develop and generate electrical energy through Solar (Floating/Ground Mounted), Wind (Ground based/Offshore) and Biomass etc. and supply such electrical energy to the Ceylon Electricity Board of Sri Lanka. » Read more

Foreign Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris co- chairs meeting with Minister Namal Rajapaksa on upgrading the digitalization of Consular Services at the Foreign Ministry

Foreign Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris co-chaired a meeting with the Minister of Youth & Sports, Minister of Development Co-ordination and Monitoring & State Minister of Digital Technology and Enterprise Development Namal Rajapaksa, at the Foreign Ministry on 06 October 2021. State Minister of Foreign Employment Promotion and Market Diversification Piyankara Jayaratne and State Minister of State Minister of Ornamental Fish, Inland Fish & Prawn Farming, Fishery Harbour Development, Multi day Fishing Activities and Fish Exports Kanchana Wijesekera participated in the meeting. » Read more

කාරුණික දැන්වීමයි

එක්සත් රාජධානියේ  ශ්‍රී ලංකා මහ කොමසාරිස් කාර්යාලය සම්බන්ධයෙන් සමාජ මාධ්‍ය වල මේ දිනවල සංසරණය වන පුවතක්  සම්බන්ධව අපගේ අවධානය යොමුව ඇත.

එහි සඳහන් කරුණු සියල්ලම සත්‍යයෙන් තොර, පදනම් විරහිත, නිසි සොයා බැලීමකින් තොරව සහ ද්වේශ සහගත අරමුණින්  සිදුකරන ලද අභූත චෝදනා වේ. » Read more

Sri Lanka’s continuing close and cordial relations with the UK is desirable and potentially productive

Foreign Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris received High Commissioner of the United Kingdom to Sri Lanka Sarah Hulton, and conducted an open and wide-ranging discussion in Colombo on Tuesday (28). During the engagement, Minister Peiris and the UK Envoy discussed several key issues pertaining to the close bilateral relationship between the two countries. » Read more

Invitation for Bids

Invitation for Bids

Invitation for international bid proposals from reputed and experienced agencies for selection of a Destination Representation Company in the UK to facilitate PR and Communication activities of Global Communication Campaign 2021 – 2025

Tender Ref. No. SLTPB/GCC/2020/DA/005

The Chairman, Standing Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee of Ministry of Tourism invites sealed bid proposals from reputed and experienced agencies for selection of a Destination Representation Company in the UK to facilitate PR and Communication activities of Global Communication Campaign 2021 – 2025, in coordination with Campaign Management Unit on behalf of Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB). » Read more

CICA has a vital role to play and can render yeoman service under the current circumstances, states Foreign Minister Peiris  

Foreign Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris stated that the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) has a vital role to play and can render yeoman service under the current circumstances to all its Member and Observer States, when the Executive Director of CICA Kairat Sarybay paid a courtesy call on the Minister in New York.

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Statement by Foreign Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris at the Ministerial Sessions on ‘Foreign Policy and Religion’ at the G20 Interfaith Forum, Bologna, Italy

Mr. Chairman, distinguished panelists, ladies, and gentlemen. Both the Maltese Minister and the Rector in their remarks spoke of the interface between religion and foreign policy. There is clearly an interface. The Rector, in her concluding remarks, also used the word ‘cynical’. There’s also a great deal of cynicism and skepticism that is all too evident, and I think there is a fundamental cause for this. There is the widespread conviction that foreign policy decisions are often made without any regard to ethical or moral factors. It is a question of loyalty to a group to which one happens to belong and then uncritically one follows a course of action that is dictated by that group. There is no attempt to search one’s own conscience, decide what is wrong, what is right in a particular situation.

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State Minister Tharaka Balasuriya participates in tourism promotion campaign in Moscow

State Minister of Regional Co-operation Tharaka Balasuriya undertook an official visit to Russia from 5– 8 September 2021, to participate at the opening of the Sri Lanka pavilion at the “OTDYKH Leisure Fair” and a Sri Lanka tourism promotion campaign in Moscow. Sri Lanka’s participation at these events were organized by the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau targeting the winter season tourists from Russia.

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𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐜𝐡 𝐒𝐲𝐦𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐢𝐮𝐦 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟏 𝐨𝐫𝐠𝐚𝐧𝐢𝐬𝐞𝐝 𝐛𝐲 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐫𝐢 𝐋𝐚𝐧𝐤𝐚 𝐇𝐢𝐠𝐡 𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐢𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐢𝐧 𝐋𝐨𝐧𝐝𝐨𝐧 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐀𝐬𝐬𝐨𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐟𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐒𝐫𝐢 𝐋𝐚𝐧𝐤𝐚𝐧𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐔𝐊

The ‘SLHC and APSL Research Symposium 2021’ organised by the Sri Lanka High Commission in the UK and Association of Professional Sri Lankans (APSL) in the UK was held virtually on 01 September 2021 with representations of 25 universities in Sri Lanka and the UK.  The main objective of the Research Symposium was to provide a platform to Sri Lankan researchers (PhD/MPhil) to showcase their research work to academics of the two countries, and vice versa, and to provide an opportunity for the researchers to interact with experts in their respective fields of study.

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LTTE proscription in the UK

The Government of Sri Lanka has been made aware that the UK Home Secretary has decided to maintain the proscription of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) as a terrorist organization under the UK Terrorism Act No. 7 of 2000.

The Home Secretary’s decision, which has been taken following the judgement of the Proscribed Organizations Appeals Commission (POAC), rejects the application of a LTTE front organization to de-proscribe the LTTE in the UK.

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Foreign Ministry expresses condolences on the demise of former Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera

Foreign Minister Prof. G.L.Peiris and the staff of the Foreign Ministry express their deepest condolences on the passing away of former Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera.

The late Minister Mangala Samaraweera served two terms as the Foreign Minister from 2005-2007 and 2015-2017.  He will be remembered for his commitment and dedication to duty, for the values he stood for and for his humane qualities. Sri Lanka has lost a leader who was deeply committed to the welfare and development of his country.

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Statement on situation in Afghanistan

The Government of Sri Lanka is deeply concerned about the situation in Afghanistan and is closely monitoring developments. Our primary concern is the safety and security of Sri Lankans living in Afghanistan and evacuating them to safety or back to Sri Lanka. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has requested the governments of USA, UK, India, Pakistan and the United Nations to assist in evacuating the Sri Lankans in Afghanistan, should they desire to do so. Foreign Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris has during meetings with relevant envoys requested their assistance to the Sri Lankans in Afghanistan. The Government of Sri Lanka is ready to provide whatever facilities needed for this purpose. Of the total number of Sri Lankans in Afghanistan numbering eighty six (86), so far forty six (46) have already been evacuated. As of today, twenty (20) Sri Lankans are expecting to return from Afghanistan and Foreign Ministry is making arrangements for their evacuation. Meanwhile, twenty (20) other Sri Lankans have expressed their willingness to stay back in Afghanistan.

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Invitation for Bids

Invitation for international bid proposals from reputed and experienced agencies for selection of a Destination Representation Company in the UK to facilitate PR and Communication activities of Global Communication Campaign 2021 – 2025

Tender Ref. No. SLTPB/GCC/2020/DA/005

The Chairman, Standing Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee of Ministry of Tourism invites sealed bid proposals from reputed and experienced agencies for selection of a Destination Representation Company in the UK to facilitate PR and Communication activities of Global Communication Campaign 2021 – 2025, in coordination with Campaign Management Unit on behalf of Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB).

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Foreign Minister Prof. G.L Peiris assumes duties

The newly appointed Foreign Minister Prof. G.L Peiris assumed duties at the Ministry today (18 August, 2021) at a simple ceremony graced by outgoing Foreign Minister and the new Minister of Education Dinesh Gunawardena; State Minister of Regional Cooperation Tharaka Balasuriya; State Minister of Women and Child Development, Preschools & Primary Education, School Infrastructure & Education Services Piyal Nishantha De Silva;  Member of Parliament and General Secretary of Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Sagara Kariyawasam; Foreign Secretary Admiral Prof. Jayanath Colombage and other officials. The Buddhist clergy led by the chief incumbent of the Bellanwila Rajamaha Viharaya Ven. Dr. Bellanwila Dhammaratana Nayaka Thero invoked blessings on the occasion.

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Sri Lanka, as a globally acclaimed leisure destination, takes the lead to revitalize the regional and domestic tourism industry through enhanced regional cooperation

The Foreign Ministry of Sri Lanka, jointly with the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau, organized a virtual business to business (B2B) interactive session on 17 August, 2021, with the Member States of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) to enhance tourism cooperation. About 100 tourism industry experts representing the public and private sector from twenty-seven CICA Member States participated in the webinar. The discussions focused on the importance and benefits of international collective efforts and joint endeavors to build a more resilient and sustainable tourism sector in the post-pandemic era.

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The late Lakshman Kadirgamar was an excellent and exemplary leader

Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena stated that the late Lakshman Kadirgamar was a great Minister born in Sri Lanka and an excellent and exemplary leader. Minister Gunawardena made these observations after paying a floral tribute to the statue of the late Lakshman Kadirgamar at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Centre in Colombo on the occasion of his 16th death anniversary. State Minister of Regional Cooperation Tharaka Balasuriya, Parliamentarians Suren Raghavan, Yadamini Gunawardena, Secretary to the Foreign Ministry Admiral Prof. Jayanath Colombage, Mrs. Kadirgamar and a group of officials from the Foreign Ministry were also present at the event.

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Colombo Plan is a Source of Strength to Face Post- Pandemic Global Challenges – Foreign Minister

Addressing the inaugural session of the 47th Consultative Committee Meeting of The Colombo Plan on August 11, Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena said that The Colombo Plan’s work and experience in the areas of socio-economic development will be a source of strength as member countries grapple with the challenges of the post-pandemic world. As the global climate calls for even more focus on social and economic development, The Colombo Plan member states must build upon existing cooperation and explore new avenues for cooperation in a new and challenging global environment.

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COP26 Regional Ambassador for Asia-Pacific and South Asia Ken O’Flaherty commends Sri Lanka for its commitments on renewable energy and climate action

The COP26 Regional Ambassador for the Asia-Pacific and South Asia Ken O’Flaherty congratulated Sri Lanka for timely submission of its updated Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) with ambitious commitments on renewable energy and net zero carbon, as well as a pledge for “no more coal.” He reiterated that the commitment at the highest level of policy making is the strength behind such ambitious commitments and it would no doubt bring wide accolades to Sri Lanka. Ambassador O’Flaherty also stated that there are a wide range of opportunities for countries when they submit NDCs with clear ambitious targets, not only for climate financing grants, but also for attracting foreign investors who are increasingly focusing on countries with clear de-carbonizing mechanisms in their policies. He reiterated that overall Net Zero Carbon by 2050 is an important target accepted by an increasing number of countries.

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State Minister of Regional Cooperation Tharaka Balasuriya stresses Sri Lanka’s commitment for enhanced cooperation at the 28th ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF)

State Minister of Regional Cooperation Tharaka Balasuriya, speaking at the 28th ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) held virtually on 6 August 2021, emphasised Sri Lanka’s commitment for enhanced cooperation with the ARF. The State Minister Balasuriya appreciated the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) for the initiatives to empower youth, sustainable use of ocean resources and promoting successful ocean based trading system, as well as combating and preventing cybercrime in the context of developing a digital economy through a collective mechanism.  Sri Lanka further expressed its commitment to work in tandem with ARF and contribute, with a focused effort, to promote ideas and best practices. State Minister of Regional Cooperation Tharaka Balasuriya represented Sri Lanka at the meeting which was chaired by the Foreign Minister of Brunei Darussalam Dato Erywan Yusof.

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The Kandy Esela Perahera 2021

Witness Sri Lanka’s oldest and most splendid annual parade showing the cultural essence of Sri Lanka!

Tune into the live stream from 13th to 23rd August 2021 from 7 pm onwards SLST (+5.30GMT) via www.facebook.com/tourismsrilanka.gov.lk

 

Foreign Minister Gunawardena stresses enhanced global vaccine collaboration at the First International Forum on COVID-19 Vaccine Cooperation

Addressing the first International Forum on COVID-19 Vaccine Cooperation held virtually on 05 August 2021, Foreign Minister Gunawardena called for enhanced global efforts to forge closer cooperation between countries to enable the availability and affordability of COVID-19 vaccines to everyone in line with SDG 3 target to ensure access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all.

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Establishment of Three Regional Offices within the past ten months to decentralize the Consular services of the Foreign Ministry 

The Programme on Decentralization of Consular Services within the purview of the Foreign Ministry is underway. Foreign Secretary Admiral Prof. Jayanath Colombage points out that this Programme is being conducted under the instructions and guidance of the Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, in accordance with the scheme by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to bring public services to the village. Secretary Colombage also points out that the three Regional Consular offices in Kandy, Trincomalee and Kurunegala districts have been dedicated to public service in the previous ten months under the present Government and that preliminary action has been taken to establish two other Regional offices in Badulla and Ampara districts before the end of this year.

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Video of Counterfeit “NIKE” shoes with LTTE insignia circulating on social media

The attention of this Ministry was drawn to a video circulating on social media of a pair of shoes, bearing the NIKE logo and LTTE insignia.

On inquiry, NIKE, Inc. confirmed that the shoes depicted in the video have not been manufactured by NIKE.

The NIKE, Inc. also informed that they would investigate to ascertain the abuse of intellectual property and conduct appropriate enforcement as per company practice.

Foreign Ministry

Colombo

31 July, 2021

Celebrating the International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem

Between 30-50% of mangroves have been lost over the past 50 years. New approaches for the restoration of mangroves are emerging; benefiting from new, low-cost technologies and supporting the resilience of local communities through empowered engagement and innovative funding. As has been underlined by the recent X-Press Pearl disaster, off the coast of Sri Lanka, coastal mangrove ecosystems are vulnerable to a wide range of possible stressors, which requires reliable monitoring and response plans.

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Prime Minister declares open a Regional Consular Office in Kurunegala

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa declared open a Regional Consular Office of the Foreign Ministry in Kurunegala virtually on 27 July 2021. Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, Minister of Highways & Chief Government Whip Johnston Fernando, Provincial Governor for North-Western Province Raja Kollure, State Minister for Regional Cooperation Tharaka Balasuriya, and several other dignitaries joined the opening ceremony.

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Statement by Hon. Dinesh Gunawardena, Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka International Conference

 “Central and South Asia: Regional Connectivity. Challenges and Opportunities” 

Tashkent, Republic of Uzbekistan, 15-16 July 2021

Your Excellency Abdulaziz Kamilov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uzebkistan,

Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am honoured to participate in this high-level forum dedicated to discussing the very relevant topic of connectivity between two important and dynamic regions in the world today: Central and South Asia.  I would like to commend His Excellency Shavkat Mirziyoyev, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, for organising this timely forum bringing together the views of diverse countries on one platform in spite of the challenges posed globally by the COVID-19 pandemic.  This is also an opportune moment to discuss connectivity, when Uzbekistan and the other Central Asian countries mark their third decade as independent nations this year.

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Joint Media Release – Sri Lanka launches the Submarine Cable Protection and Resilience Framework

Joint Media Release

(The Foreign Ministry and the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka)

Sri Lanka launches the Submarine Cable Protection and Resilience Framework

On 15 July 2021, at a stakeholder meeting chaired by Secretary to the President Dr. P. B. Jayasundara launched the Submarine Cable Protection and Resilience Framework.

Sri Lanka is the first country in Asia to come up with such a Framework and it would have not been possible, if not for generous support of the Government of Japan through the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) – Global Maritime Crimes Programme (GMCP).

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Sri Lanka informs EU of action to review PTA and on progress in reconciliation

The Government of Sri Lanka has apprised the European Union (EU) of progress in specific areas of reconciliation, as part of its regular engagement and dialogue with the organization.  Accordingly, the Foreign Ministry on 25 June, informed the EU of action underway to revisit provisions of the Prevention of Terrorism Act, No 48 of 1979, with the study of existing legislation, past practice, and international best practices.

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The largest Poson pandal in Europe displayed at the Sri Saddhatissa International Buddhist Centre, Kingsbury

High Commissioner Saroja Sirisena and the members of the staff at the High Commission of Sri Lanka in London participated at the Poson celebrations organised by the Sri Saddhatissa International Buddhist Centre in Kingsbury under the aegis of the Chief Incumbent Aggamahapandita Ven. Galayaye Piyadassi, MBE on 24 June 2021.

The highlight of the celebrations was the display of a colourful pandal depicting the life story of Bhikkhuni Patachara which was inaugurated by High Commissioner Sirisena. The pandal which is 65 feet tall is the largest Poson pandal ever displayed in Europe. It was displayed at the forecourt of the temple premises for a period of one week.

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Policies from Sri Lanka receive Future Policy Award 2021 on protection from hazardous chemicals

Sri Lanka’s Control of Pesticides Act No. 33 of 1980 and the National Policy and Action Plan on Prevention of Suicide of 1997 are among the five inspiring and impactful laws and policies that won the Future Policy Award 2021.

The Award, often referred to as the ‘Oscar on Best Polices’ is celebrating the most effective policy solutions that minimise the adverse effects of exposure to chemicals on human health and the environment. The above two policies from Sri Lanka have contributed to one of the greatest decreases in suicide rates ever achieved in the world. They have saved about 93,000 lives over 20 years at a direct government cost of less than USD 50 per life.

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Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena attends the Asia-Pacific High Level Conference on Belt and Road Cooperation

Addressing the Asia-Pacific High Level Conference on Belt and Road Cooperation virtually on 23 June, 2021, Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunwardena stressed the importance of enhanced cooperation among states and other partners in addressing the COVID-19 challenges, including by recognizing the vaccines as global public health good. He also highlighted Sri Lanka’s policy focus and thrust on sustainable development with renewable energy as a national priority.

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High Commissioner Saroja Sirisena meets the Executive Committee of the Sri Lankan Medical & Dental Association in the UK

High Commissioner Saroja Sirisena together with senior diplomatic officers met the members of the Executive Committee of the Sri Lankan Medical & Dental Association in the UK (SLMDA-UK) at the High Commission of Sri Lanka on 19 June 2021.

At the meeting, the members of the Executive Committee informed of the origins of the Association in 1982 and that it is a voluntary Association for Sri Lankan and Sri Lankan origin Medical & Dental professionals in the UK.  They also briefed the High Commissioner of the activities and charitable work undertaken by the Association in the recent past.

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Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena and U.K. Minister for South Asia, Lord Ahmad discuss steps to enhance bilateral cooperation

Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena and the UK Minister for South Asia and the Commonwealth, Lord Tariq Ahmad have agreed to explore avenues to boost bilateral ties, during a video call yesterday, Thursday, 17 June 2021. They welcomed the multifaceted nature of the bilateral engagement between Sri Lanka and the United Kingdom in a wide range of areas of mutually beneficial cooperation.

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Compensation, salary dues and other redress to the family members of deceased Sri Lankan migrant workers overseas

The Consular Affairs Division of the Foreign Ministry organized a ceremony to handover letters of compensation of the deceased Sri Lankan workers abroad to their respective family members at the Ministry Premises in line with the International Domestic Workers Day as well as the International Day of Family Remittances held on 16 June, 2021.

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British Sri Lankans donate medical items to Sri Lankan hospitals

Dr Dinuka de Silva handed over 500 Non-rebreather masks for the use of Intermediate Covid-19 Treatment Centre at the Divisional Hospital Ittapana to High Commissioner Saroja Sirisena recently.
Many Associations of Sri Lankans in the UK as well as individual donors and well-wishers have also contributed to the Sri Lankan hospitals by providing medical equipment urgently required by health authorities in Sri Lanka. The High Commission, with the generous assistance of the national carrier SriLankan Airlines, already dispatched a several consignments of such medical items. The details of the donations are given below:

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Sri Lanka High Commission in London celebrates Vesak

The High Commission of Sri Lanka in London held annual Vesak celebrations from 26-30 May 2021 at the High Commission premises while observing the UK Government’s Covid-19 guidelines.

The celebrations began with a ceremony on 26 May 2021 with the attendance of the Maha Sangha, Members of Houses of Parliament, the diplomatic corps and members of British Sri Lankan community.

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Webinar on “Ceylon Artisanal Teas”

In celebration of the International Tea Day – 21st May 2021, the Sri Lanka Tea Board (SLTB) and Colombo Tea Traders Association (CTTA) have organized a webinar to introduce Sri Lanka’s artisanal teas to a wider audience of tea connoisseurs around the world.

The webinar will include a short video on the Ceylon Artisanal Tea Association (CATA) and live visits to several member estates, as well as a panel discussion on the growing global demand for artisanal tea featuring Sri Lankan leading tea exporters and major global tea buyers and writers etc.

Feel free to join – 21 May 2021, 1PM UK time @ https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89535798612

Notice- Review of the approval and quarantine procedure to enter Sri Lanka

Sri Lankans returning to home country and ex-Sri Lankans traveling for family visits etc

The following categories of persons will be permitted to enter Sri Lanka without prior approval of the Foreign Ministry and the Civil Aviation Authority:

  1. Sri Lankans (including Sri Lankan seafarers arriving by air)
  2. Dual Citizens who travel on Sri Lankan Passports
  3. Foreign spouses of Sri Lankans
  4. Unmarried children of Sri Lankans, who hold foreign nationality

Ex-Sri Lankans holding foreign passports (who do not hold Dual Citizenship) as well as Dual citizens travelling on foreign pasports travelling to Sri Lanka for family visits/family emergencies etc should continue to obtain prior approval of the Foreign Ministry. Such persons should obtain Foreign Ministry/Civil Aviation Authority approval by sending a request to the Covid Team at the Foreign Ministry in Colombo to email address entry.permission@mfa.gov.lk with copy to kanchana.bandara@mfa.gov.lk giving the following details:

  1. Name of the passenger
  2. Nationality and the passport number
  3. The country of departure
  4. Intended date of entry into Sri Lanka and the flight number, if available
  5. Purpose of the visit

They should have prior visas to enter Sri Lanka as On-Arrival visas are not issued at present. As visas for Sri Lanka are issued only by the Department of Immigration and Emigration at present, any person of this category who need a visa for Sri Lanka should arrange a representative to visit the Visa Division of the Department of Immigration and Emigration of Sri Lanka at Battaramulla with the relevant documents (copy of the passport of the traveller and the approval received by email from the Foreign Ministry for traveling to Sri Lanka) to obtain a visa/Landing Endorsement by paying the relevant fee.

Ex-Sri Lankans and foreign nationals visiting Sri Lanka for tourism

Ex-Sri Lankans holding foreign passports and foreign nationals who wish to travel to Sri Lanka for the purpose of tourism should follow the Tourist Travel Bio Bubble procedure of the Sri Lanka Toursim Promotion Bureau. The procedure, including how to obtain the approval for travelling and visa procedure is available on the website at the link https://www.srilanka.travel/helloagain.

Last updated on 07 June 2021

Sri Lankan cuisine promoted at ‘The Dorchester’ in London

The Sri Lankan born executive chef Mario Perera is showcasing the vibrant, colourful and spiced dishes from Sri Lanka at the brand-new dining outlet at The Dorchester from 10 – 30 May 2021.  The newest culinary experience ‘A taste of Sri Lanka with executive chef Mario Perera’ is the third instalment of The Dorchester’s summer series.

Chef Perera’s culinary endeavour which is supported by the Sri Lanka High Commission in London and Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau, is a combination of the passion for his Sri Lankan heritage and 20 years’ experience at The Dorchester.

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Notice to the General Public

කොන්සියුලර් සේවා සැපයීම

මෙම මහ කොමසාරිස් කාර්යාලයේ කොන්සියුලර් අංශයෙන් කොන්සියුලර් සේවා (විදේශ ගමන් බලපත්‍ර සහ ද්විත්ව පුරවැසිභාවය සඳහා ඉල්ලුම්පත් මෙන්ම උපත් ලියාපදිංචි කිරීම, ඇටර්නි බලපත්‍ර  සහ දිවුරුම් ප්‍රකාශ අත්සන් කිරීම ඇතුළු ලේඛන සහතික කර ගැනීම) සඳහා අයදුම් කරන අයදුම් කරුවන් අනිවාර්යයෙන්ම ඒ සඳහා වෙලාවක් කලින් වෙන්කරවා ගත යුතුය.

ඒ සඳහා වෙලාවන් වෙන් කර ගැනීම ජාලගත ක්‍රමවේදය ඔස්සේ  https://hclappontments.embassyonline.lk යන සබැඳියෙන් කර ගන්නා මෙන් ඉල්ලා සිටිමු.වේලාවන් වෙන් කර ගැනීම දුරකථනය ඔස්සේ සිදු කළ නොහැකි බවද දැනුම් දෙමු.

එහෙත්, ජ්‍යෙෂ්ට පුරවැසියන්ගේ විශ්‍රාම වැටුප් සඳහා අවශ්‍ය ඔවුන්ගේ ජීවිත සහතික ලබා ගැනීමට අදාළ ඉල්ලුම්පත් භාර දීමට මෙම මහ කොමසාරිස් කාර්යාලයේ කොන්සියුලර් අංශයට පැමිණීමට කලින් වෙලාව වෙන් කරවා ගැනීම අවශ්‍ය නැත.

ජ්‍යෙෂ්ට පුරවැසියන්ගේ විශ්‍රාම වැටුප් සඳහා අවශ්‍ය ජීවිත සහතික ලබා ගැනීමට අදාළ ඉල්ලුම්පත් තැපැල් මගින්ද එවිය හැකිය. තැපැල් මගින් අයදුම්පත් එවීමට පෙර, අයදුම්පතට ඇමිණිය යුතු  ලියකියවිලි, කොන්සියුලර් ගාස්තු සහ අනිකුත් විස්තර සඳහා කරුණාකර අපගේ වෙබ් අඩවියේ “Consular” මෙනුවට ගොස් තොරතුරු කියවා බලන්න.

කරුණාකර තැපැල්  මගින් එවන ජීවිත සහතික සඳහා අයදුම්පත් පහත ලිපිනයට  එවන්න:

Consular Section
High Commission of Sri Lanka
No 13, Hyde Park Gardens
London W2 2LU

කරුණාකර සතියේ දිනවල ප.ව. 2.00 සිට ප.ව 5.30 දක්වා පමණක්  කොන්සියුලර් විමසීම් සඳහා  පහත සඳහන් දුරකථන අංක අමතන්න:

විදේශ ගමන් බලපත්‍ර සඳහා – 02072621841 -Ext. No. 0245
උප්පැන්න ලියාපදිංචි කිරීම්/පුරවැසි සහතික සඳහා – 02072621841 -Ext. No. 0228
ද්විත්ව පුරවැසිභාවය සඳහා – 02072621841 -Ext. No. 0251
විශ්‍රාම වැටුප්/ජීවිත සහතික සඳහා – 02072621841 -Ext. No. 0252
වෙනත් කොන්සියුලර් කටයුතු සඳහා – 02072621841 -Ext. No. 0229

අවසන් වරට යාවත්කාලීන කරන ලද්දේ 2021 මාර්තු 29 දින

கொன்சியூலர் சேவைகள்

இங்கிலாந்திலுள்ள இலங்கைக்கான உயர்ஸ்தானிகராலயத்தின் கொன்சியூலர் பிரிவின் அனைத்து கொன்சியூலர் சேவைகளும் (கடவுச்சீட்டு, இரட்டை பிரஜாவுரிமை, பிறப்புக்களை பதிவுசெய்தல், சட்டரீதியான மற்றும் பிரமாணப்பத்திரங்களில் கையெழுத்திடுவது உள்ளிட்ட ஆவணங்களை சட்டபூர்வமாக்குதல்) கட்டாயமாக முன்னனுமதியினைப் பெற்று விண்ணப்பங்களினை சமர்ப்பிக்கவேண்டும்.

https://hclappontments.embassyonline.lk என்ற இணைப்பு வழியாக ஒன்லைனில் முன்னனுமதியினை பெற்றுக்கொள்ள வேண்டும். தொலைபேசியில் முன்னனுமதியினை பெற்றுக்கொள்ள முடியாது என்பதனை தயவுடன் அறியத்தருகின்றோம்.

இருப்பினும், ஓய்வூதிய நோக்கங்களுக்காக தங்கள் வாழ்க்கைச் சான்றிதழை பெறவேண்டிய மூத்த குடிமக்கள் முன்னனுமதியின்றி கொன்சியூலர் பிரிவிற்கு வருகைதரமுடியும். விரும்பின், அவர்கள் வாழ்க்கைச் சான்றிதளுக்கான விண்ணப்பங்களினை தபால் மூலம் அனுப்பலாம்.

விண்ணப்பங்களினை தபால் மூலம் அனுப்புவதற்கு முன் சமர்ப்பிக்கப்படவேண்டிய ஆவணங்கள் மற்றும் கட்டணங்கள் தொடர்பான விபரங்களுக்கு எங்கள் வலைத்தளத்தின் “Consular”

மெனுவைப் பார்க்கவும்.

உங்கள் வாழ்க்கைச் சான்றிதளுக்கான விண்ணப்பங்களினை தபால் மூலம் கீழ்வரும் முகவரிக்கு அனுப்பலாம்.

Consular Section
High Commission of Sri Lanka
No 13, Hyde Park Gardens
London W2 2LU

தயவு செய்து பின்வரும் தொலைபேசி எண்களை வார நாட்களில் பிற்பகல் 2.00 மணி முதல் 5.30 மணி வரை கொன்சுலர் சேவை தொடர்பான விசாரணைகளுக்கு மட்டும் அழைக்க முடியும்.

கடவுச்சீட்டுக்கள் தொடர்பில் – 02072621841 – Ext. 0245
பிறப்புக்களை பதிவுசெய்தல்/குடியுரிமைச் சான்றிதழ்கள் தொடர்பில் – 02072621841 – Ext. 0228
இரட்டை பிரஜாவுரிமை – 02072621841 – Ext. 0251
ஓய்வூதியம்/வாழ்க்கைச் சான்றிதழ்கள் தொடர்பில் – 02072621841 – Ext. 0252
இதர கொன்சுலர் சேவைகள் தொடர்பில் – 02072621841 – Ext. 0229

Last updated on 29 March 2021

Consular Services

Submission of applications for all consular services (passports, dual citizenship, registration of births, legalisation of documents including signing of Powers of Attorney and Affidavits) at the Consular Section of the High Commission is strictly by prior appointment.

Appointments should be made online via the link https://hclappontments.embassyonline.lk. Please note that appointments cannot be made over the phone.

However, senior citizens who need to get their life certificates for pension purposes may visit the Consular Section without prior appointments. They may also send their applications for life certificates by post as well.

Please refer to the “Consular” Menu of our website for details of the necessary supporting documents and consular fees before sending the applications by post.

Please send your applications for life certificates by post to the following address:

Consular Section
High Commission of Sri Lanka
No 13, Hyde Park Gardens
London W2 2LU

Please call the following telephone numbers on weekdays between 2.00 pm to 5.30 pm only for Consular inquiries :

For Passports -02072621841 -Ext. No. 0245

For Birth Registrations/Citizenship Certificates – 02072621841 -Ext. No. 0228
For Dual Citizenship – 02072621841 -Ext. No. 0251
For Pension/Life Certificates – 02072621841 -Ext. No. 0252
For other consular matters – 02072621841 -Ext. No. 0229

Last updated on 29 March 2021

Media Statement – 12 March 2021

There have been recent reports on social media platforms of a “Sri Lanka Flag Non-Slip Doormat” which is being advertised for online purchase on the Amazon website.

Foreign Secretary Admiral Prof. Jayanath Colombage has informed the Sri Lanka Embassy in Beijing to contact the manufacturer concerned in China and also has brought to the attention of the Chinese Embassy in Colombo, the advertising of Sri Lanka’s national flag as a doormat. The Sri Lanka Embassy in Washington D.C has also been instructed to follow up on the matter with the advertising platform Amazon.

Foreign Ministry

Colombo

12 March 2021

Showcasing a proud Sri Lankan

The High Commission of Sri Lanka in the UK initiated a platform to showcase Sri Lankans who have excelled, thanks to the public goods provided by the successive Governments of Sri Lanka since independence and decades of solid investment in its people. Launching this initiative, the High Commission presented a brief video outlining the milestones of the life of Mr. Abdul Haleem, Counsellor of the High Commission. The video traces his steps and reflects Sri Lanka’s commitment to its citizens.

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Media Statement

There have been reports on social media platforms in regard to an invitation extended to the Foreign Minister of Myanmar to attend the 17th BIMSTEC Ministerial Meeting hosted virtually on 1st April 2021, in Colombo.

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Expatriate Sri Lankans in the UK appreciate the screening of the documentary film “TRUTH BEHIND DARE – Unearthing systematically suppressed plight of humanity ended in 2009”

The documentary film “TRUTH BEHIND DARE – Unearthing systematically suppressed plight of humanity ended in 2009” produced by the independent and non-profit media initiative Lanka Courier was screened by the Sri Lanka High Commission in London on Zoom platform on 23 February 2021 for the Expatriate Sri Lankans in the UK.

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UK Travel Restriction Lifted – Foreign Ministry

The temporary travel restriction introduced by the Government on travels originating from the United Kingdom to Sri Lanka on account of the new Covid -19 Variant in the UK has been lifted with immediate effect.

At a meeting presided by H.E the President, it was decided to relax the restrictions on travels from UK subject to 14 days of quarantine and PCR tests determined by the Health Authorities.

The tourist arrivals from the UK too will resume under the guidelines introduced by the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau.

 

Foreign Ministry

Colombo

17 February 2021

“Laws should be formulated by the constitution itself to protect the flora” says Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith

His Eminence Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith has stated that if the ecosystem is protected, the country’s water resources will become a major source of income for the country in the future. The Cardinal stated this when addressing Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena who paid a courtesy call at his official residence today (22) to offer greetings to His Eminence for the upcoming Christmas season.

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Government to re-introduce conditional repatriation in the wake of new strain of Coronavirus

In the wake of the discovery of a fast spreading new strain of Coronavirus in certain countries, the Government of Sri Lanka has decided to continue with the existing procedure of obtaining prior approval from the Foreign Ministry and the Civil Aviation Authority for all inbound travellers to Sri Lanka.

The revised guidelines on repatriation will be issued once the situation has been reappraised.

Foreign Ministry

Colombo

22 December 2020

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.

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