Foreign Minister calls for early conclusion of Charter of the Association of BIMSTEC Speakers and Parliamentarians at the 17th BIMSTEC Ministerial Meeting

Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena,  called  for  early  conclusion of the  Charter of the Association of BIMSTEC Speakers and  Parliamentarians, in his welcome  address at the 17th Ministerial Meeting of the Bay of Bengal Initiative  for Multi Sectoral Technical  and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC),  comprising of Bangladeshi, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand. This event was held virtually   on 1st April 2021 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The Foreign Minister informed that the platform would provide Speakers and Parliamentarians space for greater understanding, trust and friendship and to exchange ideas and information on parliamentary practices and commitment on democratic principles.

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“Hello Again: Sri Lanka, the next holiday destination for the UK Tourists”

The Sri Lanka High Commission in London in collaboration with Sri Lanka Tourism is pleased to invite UK based Tour Operators and Media to register for “Hello Again: Sri Lanka, the next holiday destination for the UK Tourists”, a Webinar being held on 31st March 2021 at 10:30AM UK time.

To register, please visit the following link: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYsdeCupzoqGtAmURusmJB3GxxE-lcWQXm9.

The UK High Court quashes the judgement of the Westminster Magistrates’ Court against former Minister Counsellor (Defence) of the Sri Lanka High Commission in London Major Gen Priyanka Fernando

The appeal made to the UK High Court by Major Gen Priyanka Fernando, the former Minister Counsellor (Defence) of the Sri Lanka High Commission against the judgement of the Westminster Magistrates’ Court on him was allowed today, 19 March 2021. In the judgement handed down by the High Court, it decided in favour of Major Gen Fernando and quashed his conviction by the Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 6 December 2019 and acquitted him. The defendants, who are pro-LTTE demonstrators who staged protests in front of the Sri Lanka High Commission in London on Sri Lanka’s 70th Independence Day on  4 February 2018 are ordered to pay costs to Major Gen Fernando.

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Media Statement

Recent media reports have highlighted statements made in regard to a proposal to ban the wearing of the burqa and niqab in Sri Lanka.

Foreign Secretary Admiral Prof. Jayanath Colombage has said that a decision has not been taken by the Government to impose such a ban and it is merely a proposal, which is under discussion. This proposal has been based on the precautionary measures that are needed on national security grounds, following the investigations of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) on Easter Sunday attacks.

The Government will initiate a broader dialogue with all parties concerned and sufficient time will be taken for necessary consultations to be held and for consensus to be reached.

Foreign Ministry

Colombo

16 March 2021

The present government is committed to developing the country as an independent, sovereign, free and unitary state – Minister Dinesh Gunawardena

Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena stated that the present Government is committed to the development of the country while protecting the independent, sovereign, free and unitary state. He made these remarks while speaking at the opening ceremony of the Eastern Provincial Regional Consular Office of the Foreign Ministry in Trincomalee.

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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

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