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Address by Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Foreign Affairs at the German Council on Foreign Relations

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Address by

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,

Excellencies,

Distinguished guests,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I thank all of you for so graciously hosting me here today at the prestigious German Council on Foreign Relations.

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Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera meets German Foreign Minister Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier

 

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Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera met German Foreign Minister Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier this morning (22) at the German Foreign Office in Berlin. Please find text and pictures of the media remarks after meeting below.

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Sri Lanka hosts forum on international humanitarian law

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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.

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Minister of Plantation Industries, Lakshman Kiriella concludes official visit to Kuala Lumpur

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Minister of Plantation Industries Laksman Kiriella successfully concluded his official visit to Malaysia on 11th May. Minister Kiriella led the Sri Lanka delegation to the Special Session of the Association Natural Rubber Producing Countries (ANRPC) Assembly at Ministerial level which was held in Kuala Lumpur from 7-8 May 2015. The meeting was attended by Ministers of Malaysia, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Sri Lanka and Senior Officials from India, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Philippines. The ANRPC meeting was chaired by YB Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities of Malaysia. Mr. Anura Jayawickrama, Secretary of the Ministry of Plantation, Mr. R.B. Premadasa, Director General of Rubber Department of Sri Lanka and Mr. S.D. Kalansooriya, Coordinating Secretary of the Minister also participated at the ANRPC meeting.

Read more: Minister of Plantation Industries, Lakshman Kiriella concludes official visit to Kuala Lumpur

 

Sri Lanka condemns the terrorist attack on a bus in Karachi

Sri Lanka denounces in the strongest terms, today’s terrorist attack on a bus in Karachi, killing innocent civilians and injuring many.

Firing on men, women and children while they were on their way to participate in religious observances displays a brutality of unimaginable proportions.

Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by this deplorable violence.  We stand firmly with the Government and people of Pakistan in their hour of grief and wish those who were injured, a quick recovery.

Sri Lanka condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and expresses support for all efforts to combat this scourge.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Colombo

13th May 2015

 

Foreign Minister Samaraweera briefs the diplomatic corps

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At a meeting with the diplomatic community based in Colombo at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday 12 May, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera highlighted the achievements of the Government in the last four months. 

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Sri Lanka’s relief and rescue operations in the aftermath of the earthquake concludes with accolades from Nepal

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The Nepal authorities have warmly commended the Sri Lanka contingent led by Maj. Gen. Maithri Dias and Brig. Jagath Gunawardena, on its excellent relief work during the two-week  rescue and relief operation in Nepal following the earthquake on 25 April 2015. The Sri Lankan Contingent returned to Sri Lanka on Monday night (11 May). 

Read more: Sri Lanka’s relief and rescue operations in the aftermath of the earthquake concludes with accolades from Nepal

   

SRI LANKA EXTENDS CONDOLENCES ON PAKISTAN HELICOPTER CRASH

Having learned with deep shock and consternation the unexpected crash of the Pakistan Army Helicopter in a mountainous area in Northern Pakistan, and the tragic loss of lives including the Ambassador of the Philippines and Ambassador of Norway and spouses of the Ambassador of Indonesia and the High Commissioner of Malaysia to Pakistan on 8th May 2015, the Government and people of Sri Lanka express its heartfelt condolences to the family members of the bereaved passengers. While sharing their grief and sorrow, the Government and people of Sri Lanka are confident that their courage and fortitude will help them overcome the irreparable loss and wish those injured a speedy recovery.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Colombo

10th May 2015

   

GoSL secures the release of Sri Lankan fishermen and boats detained in Myanmar

The Government of Sri Lanka has secured the release of 17 Sri Lankan fishermen, as well as their 03 boats which had been detained by the Myanmar authorities for allegedly poaching in the territorial waters of Myanmar in October 2014.

Read more: GoSL secures the release of Sri Lankan fishermen and boats detained in Myanmar

   

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