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


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


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
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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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

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