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Visit of UAE Foreign Minister H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nayhan to Sri Lanka


The United Arab Emirates’ Foreign Minister, His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nayhan, visited Sri Lanka on the invitation of the Government of Sri Lanka.   

During bilateral consultations the Foreign Ministers explored ways of strengthening trade and investment ties, improving the welfare of Sri Lankan workers in the UAE, and collaborating on issues of regional and international concern.  

Foreign Minister Samaraweera briefed his counterpart on the government’s political and economic plans. He noted that the formation of a National Government would create political and policy stability that would enable the country to address long-unsolved challenges facing Sri Lanka.  

Remarks by Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Foreign Affairs to the Diplomatic Corps based in Colombo, 28 August 2015

Your Excellencies,

It is my pleasure, this evening, to welcome all of you today to the Republic building, having been sworn in early this week as the Minister of Foreign Affairs. At the moment Sri Lanka has the dubious honour of having the smallest Cabinet in the world, having had the largest in the world last year.  At the moment we have a Cabinet of five, but the Government will be in place by Wednesday. 

Appointment of Ambassador-designate of Sri Lanka to Myanmar

The Government of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka has, with the concurrence of the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar decided to appoint Mr. K.W.N.D. Karunaratne as the Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar in succession to His Excellency H.R. Piyasiri.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

27th August 2015

Remarks to the media by Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera and US Asst. Secretaries of State Nisha Biswal and Tom Malinowski




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