Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera concludes first official visit to Berlin
At the invitation of his counterpart, the Federal Foreign Minister of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera visited Berlin from 21st - 23rd May 2015.
The visit, which was his first as Foreign Minister, was focused on renewing relations with Germany, Sri Lanka’s largest trading partner in Europe, and resetting ties through greater cooperation in diverse fields including technical and vocational training for Sri Lanka’s youth, and expanding trade and investment.Read more...
Address by Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Foreign Affairs at the German Council on Foreign Relations
Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Foreign Affairs
German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP)
Berlin, 22 May 2015
Contours of a new Sri Lanka
Secretary General Dr Harald Kinderman,
Members of the Board of the German Council on Foreign Relations,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I thank all of you for so graciously hosting me here today at the prestigious German Council on Foreign Relations.
I have heard so much about your work as the premier network for foreign policy in Germany for well over 60 years.
To be here at your institute on my first official visit to your great country as Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka, is indeed an honour, and I have been overwhelmed by the warmth with which I have been received by everyone since my arrival on Wednesday.
My topic today is ‘Contours of a new Sri Lanka’.Read more...
The Embassy will be closed on Monday the 25th of May 2015
The Embassy will be closed on Monday the 25th of May due to a public holiday. The Embassy will open again on Tuesday the 26th of May.
Sri Lanka hosts forum on international humanitarian law
The sixth annual South Asian Regional Conference on international humanitarian law (IHL) jointly organized by the Government of Sri Lanka and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), is being held in Colombo from 19-21 May 2015.
Welcoming the opportunity of hosting the Conference in Colombo for the first time, Deputy Foreign Minister Ajith P Perera, Chief Guest at the opening of the Conference, remarked that the deliberations of this event would be important to ensure that the Humanitarian Law regime keeps pace with the evolving nature of armed conflict. Thanking ICRC for the remarkable work that it has been carrying out in Sri Lanka for 25 years, the Deputy Minister commented that the Government looks forward to cooperating even more closely with the ICRC in future, to address the humanitarian needs of the people in the country.Read more...