Statement by Hon. Tilak Marapana, PC., MP Minister of Foreign Affairs -Consideration of the Appropriations Bill 2019 Ministry of Foreign Affairs 26th March 2019

Hon. Speaker,

Given the current domestic and external developments, managing Sri Lanka’s foreign relations effectively is of paramount importance in order to protect and promote the interests of the Sri Lankan State and the welfare and advancement of the country’s people here and abroad.

I table for the record my full statement, that comprehensively addresses the progress made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the bilateral, regional, multilateral and functional spheres and also provides information on new initiatives undertaken to operationalize the re-orientation of Sri Lanka’s foreign policy.

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High Commissioner of Sri Lanka Discusses Economic Cooperation with UK Secretary of State for International Trade Dr. Liam Fox

The High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in the United Kingdom H.E. Manisha Gunasekera called on the Secretary of State for International Trade The Rt. Hon. Dr Liam Fox, MP, on Tuesday 19 March 2019 at the latter’s office in Parliament in London. The productive meeting entailed discussion on the promotion of trade and investment interests between the two countries, as well as possible arrangements with regard to Sri Lanka’s exports to the UK market post-Brexit. Minister Commercial of the Sri Lanka High Commission Ms. Gothami Silva and officials of the UK Department for International Trade were associated with the meeting.

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London Buddhist Vihara and Sri Lanka High Commission host scholarly forum on “The Significance of the Tripitaka as a World Heritage”

From left: H E Manisha Gunasekera, High Commissioner of Sri Lanka; Dr. Elizabeth Harris, Department of Theology & Religion, University of Birmingham; Dr. Desmond Biddulph, President of the Buddhist Society in London; Ven. Bogoda Seelawimala Nayaka Thero, Chief Incumbent of London Buddhist Vihara & Chief Sangha Nayake of Great Britain; Prof. Ven. Deegalle Mahinda Thero, Professor in Study of Religion, Philosophies and Ethics, College of Liberal Arts, Bath Spa University; Ven. Dedunupitiye Upananda Thero; Prof. Rupert Gethin, President ; Pali Text Society & Professor of Buddhist Studies, Department of Religion and Theology, University of Bristol; Dr. Martin Seeger, Associate Professor of Thai Studies, School of Languages, Cultures and Societies, University of Leeds and Sugeeshwara Gunaratna, Deputy High Commissioner of Sri Lanka

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