Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha on Thursday (8 August 2019) called for an early decision by ASEAN to include Sri Lanka as an ASEAN Sectoral Dialogue Partner, in order to strengthen engagement with ASEAN and its member countries.This follows the submission to the ASEAN of Sri Lanka’s dossier for Sectoral Dialogue Partnership in March 2019.
High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in the United Kingdom Manisha Gunasekera and senior staff of the High Commission met with the Sri Lanka Netball Team comprising Manager Trixie Nanayakkara, Coach Thilaka Jinadasa, Captain Chathurangi Jayasooriya and team members on Friday 05 July 2019 at the Sri Lanka High Commission in London. The Sri Lanka team was in London to take part in the Netball World Cup 2019 being held in Liverpool in July 2019. Sri Lanka qualified for the 2019 Netball World Cup as an Asian representative having won the 2018 Asian Netball Championship in Singapore. High Commissioner Gunasekera warmly welcomed the Sri Lanka Netball team to the High Commission and extended the sincere best wishes of the Sri Lanka Government to the team for the Netball World Championship in Liverpool.
Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka Ravinatha Aryasinha met with the Permanent Under-Secretary and Head of the Diplomatic Service of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office Sir Simon McDonald on Wednesday 10 July at the FCO on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Foreign Affairs Ministers’ Meeting in London.
The High Commission of Sri Lanka in London held its annual Pirith Ceremony on Thursday 16 May followed by a heel dana or almsgiving on the morning of Friday 17 May with the attendance of the Maha Sangha, the British Sri Lankan community in the United Kingdom and High Commission staff.
UK Members of Parliament, faith leaders and the British Sri Lankan community leaders deplored the Easter Sunday terror attacks in Sri Lanka, condoled with the victims’ families, and propounded universal loving kindness at an inter-faith meeting held in the House of Lords, Westminster on Monday 29 April 2019. The interfaith meeting was organised by the Lord Sheikh, Member of the House of Lords in partnership with the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in the UK Manisha Gunasekera, in remembrance of the victims of the Easter Sunday terror attacks in Sri Lanka.
The Sri Lanka tourism industry stands united with the rest of the world against terrorism; as we mourn this horrific tragedy, we must move forward with our enduring Sri Lankan resilience to restore the worlds faith in our beautiful island home and our hospitality which is the heart of the Sri Lankan way of life.