Month: September 2015

Sri Lanka Establishes Diplomatic Ties With Togo

Sri Lanka today (27th September 2015) established diplomatic relations with the Togolese Republic. These ties would strengthen the bonds of friendship and cooperation between the two countries in the political, economic and cultural fields. Establishing diplomatic relations corresponds to the interests of both states, and will help to consolidate international peace and security and uphold…

President holds bilateral discussions with several leaders during UN Summit

President Maithripala Sirisena currently in New York to attend the 70th UN Summit met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday (25) on the sidelines of the Summit. During discussions with Indian Prime Minister, President Sirisena as the current Commonwealth Chair- in- Office extended an official invitation to the Indian Prime Minister to participate in…

UK welcomes Sri Lankan stand on UNHRC draft resolution

The UK government has welcomed the stand taken by Sri Lanka on the draft resolution submitted to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva. UK Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Hugo Swire said that Sri Lanka’s cooperation on the resolution is another step closer to addressing the legacy of the…

70th Session of UNGA begins

President to meet Indian premier today The 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) commenced today (Sep. 25) at the UN Headquarters in New York. Inaugurating the session for 2015, the summit on Sustainable Development was begun with the key note address by the Pope Francis. UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, Presidents…

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that Sri Lanka has decided to co-sponsor the US draft resolution ‘Promoting Reconciliation, Accountability and Human Rights’ in the island nation. Along with the United States, the main sponsor of the draft resolution, Macedonia, Montenegro, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland have co-sponsored the resolution A/HRC/30/L.29 titled ‘Promoting…

President arrives in New York

President Maithripala Sirisena arrived in New York City this morning (Sep. 24) to attend the 70th United Nations’ General Assembly (UNGA) Sessions. The President was warmly received by the Sri Lankan Ambassadors for Washington and New York, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera, and embassy staff in New York, as he arrived at the Hotel where he…

Hajj symbolizes the spirit of unity – President

Hajj symbolizes the spirit of unity when millions of Muslims living in different continents, speaking different languages and belonging to different nationalities and cultures offer a common prayer to Allah, said President Maithripala Sirisena. The government provides all required facilities to Muslims of Sri Lanka to participate in the annual Hajj pilgrimage, where they renew…

President leaves for New York

President Maithripala Sirisena left for New York today (Sep. 23) to attend the 70th United Nations’ General Assembly (UNGA) Sessions. He is scheduled to deliver a special address at the General Debate of the 70th UNGA. The President will have bilateral meetings with several leaders including Prime Minister of Malta Dr Joseph Muscat, Prime Minister…

Two Acting Ministers sworn in

Ministers Ruwan Wijewardene and Anuradha Jayaratne were sworn in before President Maithripala Sirisena as the Acting Ministers. Accordingly, Ministers Ruwan Wijewardene sworn in as the Acting Defense Minister and Minister Anuradha Jayaratne sworn in as the Acting Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment. After swearing-in the acting ministers, President Maithripala Sirisena has left for New…

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