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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High Commission of Sri Lanka in London commemorates 71st Anniversary of Independence with UK dignitaries, MPs, and community leaders

Chief Guest Lord Tariq Ahmad of Wimbledon, Minister of State for the Commonwealth and the UN at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, addressing the gathering at the reception

The 71st Anniversary of Independence was commemorated on the morning of 04 February 2019 at the Sri Lanka High Commission premises in London with a large, multi-ethnic and multi-cultural gathering of the Sri Lankan diaspora community.

The event commenced with the hoisting of the National flag by High Commissioner Manisha Gunasekera and the playing of the National Anthem in Sinhala.  Two minutes’ silence was observed in memory of war heroes and all those who had laid down their lives in defence of the Motherland.

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Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera discusses cooperation with the UK State Minister for Commonwealth and UN and the Commonwealth Secretary General in London

Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Finance and Mass Media with the Rt. Hon. Patricia Scotland QC, Commonwealth Secretary General in London

Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Finance and Mass Media of Sri Lanka met with the The Lord Tariq Ahmad of Wimbledon, Minister of State for the Commonwealth and the UN at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office of the UK, on Monday 21 January 2019, during a visit to London.  Issues of mutual interest in the Sri Lanka-UK bilateral relationship were discussed at the meeting, including Sri Lanka’s progress in the reconciliation process, and the country’s engagement in the Commonwealth. 

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Sri Lanka High Commissioner pays courtesy call on the UK Minister for Asia and the Pacific Mark Field

The new High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in the United Kingdom Manisha Gunasekera paid a courtesy call on the Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Mark Field, MP, on Thursday 17 January 2019 in London. The Strengthening of the strong bilateral relationship between Sri Lanka and the UK, and issues of relevance in the political and economic spheres were discussed during the meeting. The High Commissioner updated Minister Mark Field on current developments in Sri Lanka, and acknowledged the support extended by the UK Government towards the country’s reconciliation process.  The High Commissioner was accompanied to the meeting by Deputy High Commissioner Sugeeshwara Gunaratna.

High Commission of Sri Lanka

The United Kingdom

21 January 2019

Ceremonial Commencement of Work for the New Year by the Sri Lanka High Commission in London

The programme commenced with the hoisting of the National Flag of Sri Lanka at the Chancery building by the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in the United Kingdom Manisha Gunasekera, followed by the singing of the National Anthem of Sri Lanka by High Commission staff. Thereafter, two minutes’ silence was observed to commemorate war heroes and all those who sacrificed their lives on behalf of the Motherland.  This was followed by the Oath of Public Servants delivered in Sinhala and Tamil languages.

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