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Sri Lanka and South Africa Sign a Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the Field of Science and Technology


A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Cooperation in the Field of Science and Technology between Sri Lanka and South Africa was signed on 31st January 2018, in Pretoria at the Department of Science and Technology (DST), further strengthening the existing excellent relations between the two countries. On behalf of Sri Lanka, the MoU was signed by Mr. Udaya Senevirathne, Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology and Research, and Hon. Naledi Pandor, Minister in charge of the subject, Science and Technology, signed on behalf of South Africa. The two countries are expected to setup a Joint Working Group to identify and implement future Programs in the relevant fields. By signing the Document, the two countries agree to promote and encourage scientific research and technological progress in sectors of mutual benefit. The areas of cooperation covered by the MoU include biotechnology, nanotechnology, traditional and herbal medicine, space technology and manufacturing.

The High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in South Africa H.E. Mr. Sunil De Silva and Mr. Mr Daan du Toit, Deputy Director-General, International Cooperation and Resources of DST were also present at the signing ceremony.

The delegation of Sri Lanka that visited South Africa also included Dr. G.A.S. Premakumara, Director General, Industrial Technology Institute (ITI) and Ms. Himali Athaudage, Director, Ministry of Science and Technology and Research.


High Commission of Sri Lanka
06 February 2018

Sri Lanka High Commission in Singapore celebrates 70 years of Sri Lanka's Independence


Sri Lanka High Commission in Singapore celebrated the 70th anniversary of Sri Lanka’s Independence at the High Commissioner’s Official Residence on 4th February 2018, with a large gathering of the Sri Lankan community in Singapore. The event commenced with the hoisting of the National Flag and the singing of the National Anthem in both Sinhala and Tamil, followed by two minutes silence in remembrance of all who sacrificed their lives for the country and the victims of conflicts. The traditional Oil Lamp was lit by H. E. the High Commissioner, representatives from various Sri Lankan organizations/associations based in Singapore, and the Sri Lankan migrant workers. Multi-faith religious observances were also conducted invoking blessings on the country and the people of Sri Lanka.

Addressing the gathering, High Commissioner Nimal Weeraratne remarked that the steadfast efforts of the Government have fostered an atmosphere for all Sri Lankans to celebrate this milestone occasion as one Nation, while also fondly remembering the country’s forefathers for their sacrifices to achieve independence as a united force rising above ethnic differences. The High Commissioner also urged the Sri Lankans of all ethnicities for their resolve to build linkages with Singapore friends to bring home the best this wonderful host Nation has to offer to the benefit of the motherland. The National Day Messages of H.E. the President, Hon. Prime Minister and Hon. Foreign Minister were also read out to the gathering.

The High Commission also hosted a reception on 6th February 2018 to mark Sri Lanka’s 70th Anniversary of Independence in Singapore with the participation of a large number of invitees, including representatives and officials from the Government of Singapore, members of diplomatic corps, business community, academia, and friends of Sri Lanka in Singapore. The event was graced by Hon. Koh Poh Koon, Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry & National Development as the Chief Guest, and several Members of Parliament representing the Government of Singapore.

Delivering the welcome address, High Commissioner Nimal Weeraratne noted that the people of Sri Lanka celebrate the 70th Anniversary of Independence with a sense of confidence, pride and renewed hope for the betterment of their future, in an environment where many socio-economic reforms are being introduced and development activities are carried out by the Government. He also emphasised that relations between the two countries have seen unprecedented momentum in the recent years, with reinvigorated efforts of the two sides giving it a more diverse and strategic character and forging a new chapter in Sri Lanka-Singapore relations.

Speaking at the occasion, Minister Koh Poh Koon highlighted that under the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Sri Lanka has proactively engaged with the world, and stepped up reforms that promote foreign investments and national reconciliation. He also stated that with these encouraging developments, many countries would be confident of Sri Lanka’s future, and that the recently signed Singapore-Sri Lanka FTA would serve as a catalyst for increased investments and business opportunities.

A photo exhibition depicting the significance of Sri Lanka’s 70th Anniversary of Independence was on display, in parallel to the reception. A Sri Lankan dance troupe that staged a variety of performances showcasing the rich cultural heritage of the country enthralled the audience. Delicious Sri Lankan dishes were served at the reception, adding “spice” to the event.


Sri Lanka High Commission
07 February 2018 





Sri Lanka’s Independence and 59th anniversary of diplomatic ties with Russia celebrated in Moscow


A cultural event titled “Sri Lanka Night 2016” was held in Moscow on 19 February 2016 to commemorate Sri Lanka’s 68th National Day and the 59th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and the Russian Federation.

The event, which was organized by the Embassy of Sri Lanka in the Russian Federation in collaboration with Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau, was attended by more than 250 guests including  important personalities in the Russian Government, business community, academics, diplomats in Moscow, media personnel, among others, participated,.


Hon. John Amaratunga, Minister of Tourism and Christian Affairs was the Chief Guest on the occasion, while Hon. Ilya Shestakov, Deputy Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation represented the Russian Government. Amongst other dignitaries that graced the occasion was Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman cosmonaut of the world and Deputy Chairman of the Committee on International Relations of the State Duma of the Russian Federation. 

A Sri Lankan Dancing Troupe led by Mrs. Rajini Selvanayagam performed at the cultural event showcasing Sri Lanka’s rich culture. Participants at the event highly appreciated the opportunity to see a glimpse of Sri Lanka’s rich cultural heritage and what Sri Lanka has to offer to its visitors particularly in the backdrop of Russian tourists seeking new destinations.  A short film in Russian language, specially produced by the Embassy for the occasion, was also screened. Moreover, a photo exhibition depicting Sri Lanka’s culture, heritage sites, pristine beaches, hotels, scenic beauty, people and cuisine etc. was held parallel to the cultural event while the guests also had the opportunity to taste Ceylon tea. 

Welcoming the guests, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the Russian Federation DrSamanWeerasinghe said that though official diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and Russia began on 19 February 1957, the history of Russia - Sri Lanka relations went back much earlier. A Russian Consulate was established in Galle in 1891 and the first Russians arrived in Ceylon in mid-19th century. He added that at present Sri Lanka has entered an era of consensual politics with a new Government whose main task is to achieve rapid economic development and reconciliation. He pointed out that having been a destination for family tourism, religious pilgrims and beach lovers for decades, Sri Lanka is now building high-end hotels and tourism infrastructure to attract tourists from all over the world. As an island with an abundant options for tourists, Sri Lanka has unparalleled diversity within a small land area of 65,610 square kilometers, giving the opportunity to a visitor spending ten days on average in the country to fully enjoy it.


Minister Amaratunga addressing the guests explained the positive developments in Sri Lanka after the election of a new administration following the Presidential and General Elections. He invited Russian tourists also to spend their holidays in Sri Lanka pointing out that Sri Lanka was becoming very popular amongst European tourists as well as from nations in Asia for reasons including political stability, absence of health hazards, safety of visitors, cost factor etc. The Island has much to offer to its guests such as best beaches in Asia, rich wildlife, whale and dolphin watching, tea industry, cultural heritage, the environment and the hospitality of its friendly people, to name a few. Deputy Minister Ilya Shestakov said that February was a historical month for the bilateral relations between Russia and Sri Lanka dueto marking the National Day of Sri Lanka and the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two nations, as well as for holding the first session of the Intergovernmental Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation in February this year, which he had had the honour to co-chair, representing the Russian Government.

The event was highly admired by the participants who described it as one of the most successful and attractively organized event by the Embassy of Sri Lanka in recent history.


Embassy of Sri Lanka

25 February 2016

Media Release in Sinhala




The Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Mumbai celebrated the 68th Anniversary of the Independence Day at the official residence of the Consul General on Thursday, 04 February 2016, followed by a reception on 17 February 2016 at the Trident Hotel, Mumbai.

The official ceremony commenced with the hoisting of the National Flag by Saroja Sirisena, Consul General, followed by the National Anthem and lighting of the Traditional Oil Lamp.


Two minutes of silence was observed in remembrance of the heroes who sacrificed their lives for the freedom of Sri Lanka.

Multi-faith religious observances were conducted by the religious dignitaries representing the Buddhist, Hindu, Christian and Islamic faiths.

The National Day Messages of H. E. the President, Hon. Prime Minister and Hon. Minister of Foreign Affairs were read.

Over 500 guests, including the Diplomatic community, Government dignitaries, Captains of industry, Sri Lankan community in the states of Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa and members of the Sri Lanka armed forces undergoing training in India participated at the evening reception.

Addressing the gathering, the Consul General stated that, the Mumbai Mission established to further trade and economic relations, remains to date a pillar in bilateral relations with India. She also emphasised that, this Mission will focus on deepening ties in all areas, including political, social and cultural ties with the three states that fall under its purview; Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa.


The guests at the reception were entertained by the ‘Budawatta Dance Troupe’ and Indian singer Gaurav Dagaonkar who also sang the Indian and Sri Lankan national anthems.

The reception was followed by a buffet of Sri Lankan cuisine by the chefs of Cinnamon Lakeside hotel, Colombo.


Consulate General of Sri Lanka

Mumbai, India

22nd February 2016


Representative Office of Sri Lanka in Palestine celebrates 68th Independence Day of Sri Lanka


The 68th Independence Day of Sri Lanka was celebrated by the Representative Office of Sri Lanka in Palestine  on 4th February 2016   at Grand Park Hotel in Ramallah with the participation of the large gathering of invitees.  Representative Mr. M. Fawzan Anver,  presided the function.  Hon. Dr. Ibrahim   Al- Shaer, Minister of Social Affairs of the Government of Palestine was a Chief Guest at this occasion.

Diplomats, High Officials from the President’s Office, Office of the Prime Minister and Ministry of Foreign Affairs  of Palestine, Representatives of Political Parties, members of the NGO’s organizations ,  Members of the Chamber of Commerce,  Tea Importers, Travel Agents,  Sri Lankan workers  in Palestine  , members of  Palestine – Sri Lanka Friendship Society  and well wishes graced the occasion.

Function commenced with lighting of traditional oil Lamp  amidst the playing of ‘Magul Bera ‘  and  followed by singing of the National Anthems of both countries.  Then the religious observances were conducted.


  Mr. Fawzan Anver,  the Representative in  his welcome speech highlighted   the longstanding  solidarity and friendship  that exist between Sri Lanka and Palestine. He also recalled the support of the Government and the people of Sri  Lanka to Palestine cause  for two State Solutions on the basis of relevant UN resolutions.  He also  explained the development activities taking place under the leadership of H. E. President Maithripala Sirisena and mentioned the remarkable achievements gained in economic, social and cultural activities of Sri Lanka. The Representative also said  that the audience can see the  National Flag of Sri Lanka  at the event , in the meantime, all Palestinians are having Crest of Sri Lanka at their homes  because they are consuming Ceylon Tea in a large scale. He further said that the event has also been organized to promote Trade, Tourism and investment activities of Sri Lanka . Finally he thanked the Government and  people of Palestine for their felicitations and greetings.

 Independence Day messages of the President, Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs were read to the gathering.

The Chief Guest - Dr. Ibrahim Al- shaer, Minister of Social Affairs in his speech conveyed the greetings and best wishes to H.E. the President and the people of Sri Lanka. He also thanked  for Sri Lanka’s  consistent support to the Palestinian cause  which  had been expressed  in  national and international ways.  Also he valued the long standing friendship and solidarity between Sri Lanka and Palestine and thanked the Representative for organizing this colorful function.

Finally a unique feature at this function was the award of “ Lanka Pranama “ ( salutation of Sri Lanka ) by Sri Lanka – Palestine Friendship Society  to   Dr. Nabeel  Shaath,  a  highly educated and a  distinguished citizen of Palestine.

Dr. Nabeel Shaath has been maintaining longstanding relation with Sri Lankan Former Prime Minister  late Madam Sirimavo Bandaraniake. In 1971 he attended AFRO – ASIA Solidarity Moment Conference held in Cairo along with the Madam Sirimavo Bandaranaike, former Prime Minister.

Mr. Fawzan Anver, Representative of Sri Lanka in Palestine also met with Dr. Nabeel Shaath in Iraq at the BAATH – Party Conference held in 2000.

Dr. Nabeel Shaath was one of the Senior Politicians of the Middle East Countries during the period of 1970.

Dr. Nabeel Shaathah in his address thanked the Representative and the Sri Lanka – Palestine Friendship Society  for  organizing the event . He recalled the longstanding friendly relation between Madam Srimaavo Bandaranaike and the political leaders of Sri Lanka. He also remembered the support given by the Government and people of Sri Lanka for Palestinian cause and appreciated the services rendered by the Representative-  Mr. Fawzan Anver.

 Information on  Sri Lanka  including development activities  and opportunities in the trade , tourism and other economic spheres for the business community through electronic media also was disseminated during the event.  A news item of the event was also telecasted on Palestine Television.

Also a Palestinian girl wearing Kandyan Dress was an attractive of the gathering.

The function concluded with the refreshments included traditional food items of Sri Lanka such as Egg Hoppers, “Katta sambol” etc; which were enjoyed by participants.

All participants were gifted with pure Ceylon Tea in a special bag printed as “Pearl of Asia – Sri Lanka”.



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