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Colombo Port City Project Launched

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The Colombo Port City Project was launched by Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Mahinda Rajapaksa at a grand ceremony this morning (17) . The launch of the Project is expected to change the skyline of our city. This will be the largest single foreign direct investment of around US$ 1.5 billion for the land development that has potential to attract around US$ 5 billion from all over the world.

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Sri Lanka GDP grows 7.8% in Q2 2014

Sri Lanka's GDP growth (Economic growth) for the Q2 2014 has recorded a 7.8 percent compared to same quarter of 2013, stated the Department of Census & Statistics in its quarterly GDP report released on Monday.

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Sri Lanka and China agree to deepen their Strategic Cooperative Partnership

 

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Sri Lanka and China have agreed to deepen their Strategic Cooperative Partnership, following official talks between the President of the People’s Republic of China, His Excellency Xi Jinping and President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo today (16th September 2014).

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Sri Lanka responds during discussion on UN High Commissioner's Report to the 27th session of the Human Rights Council

Sri Lanka's Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva and Leader of the Sri Lanka delegation Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha addressing 27th Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva today (8 September 2014), welcoming the new High Commissioner Zeid Bin Ra'ad Al-Hussein on his appointment, said, "his wide experience in diplomacy, in-depth knowledge of the UN system and understanding and respect for social and cultural characteristics are useful assets that will guide the work of the OHCHR, consistent with the IB package and based on the fundamental principles of universality, impartiality, objectivity, non‑selectivity, constructive international dialogue and cooperation". He observed that "despite Sri Lanka's non-recognition of the politically motivated resolution on Sri Lanka during HRC 25, Sri Lanka would continue to engage with the regular mechanisms of the Council, and looked  forward to the opportunity to engage during Sri Lanka's fifth periodic report under the ICCPR next month -October 2014".

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Chinese President to visit Sri Lanka

The President of the People's Republic of China, His Excellency Xi Jinping will be undertaking a State visit to Sri Lanka from 16th to 17th September 2014, at the invitation of President Mahinda Rajapaksa. It would be recalled that President Rajapaksa paid a landmark State visit to China in May 2013 during which both leaders agreed to elevate the bilateral relations to a 'Strategic Cooperation Partnership', by substantially expanding the mandate for engagement.

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CONSEQUENCES OF EXTERNAL INTERVENTION NOT FOR SRI LANKA

— BILATERAL DISCUSSION BETWEEN FMs OF SRI LANKA AND CUBA

 The consequences of external intervention in the domestic affairs of countries, and the havoc it has caused resulting in the loss of precious human lives and the governability of nations being placed at risk, are today evident in many parts of the world, and the people of Sri Lanka certainly have no wish to exchange the peace and stability they now enjoy for this state of affairs, Professor G.L. Peiris, Minister of External Affairs, remarked in the course of the bilateral discussion he held at the Ministry of External Affairs yesterday (8th September 2014) with Mr. Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cuba.

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GL emphasized passage for SL fishermen through Maldivian waters

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The right of passage for Sri Lankan fishermen through Maldivian waters as a means of access to the high seas was among the matters taken up by Professor G.L. Peiris, Minister of External Affairs, at the Joint Commission with the Maldives at the Ministry of External Affairs on Wednesday.

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PM ABE'S NOD FOR SL'S GROWTH

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  • Potential to become hub of Indian Ocean Rim economic zone
  • President appreciates Japan's ODA assistance

President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in a joint statement yesterday noted the consistent economic growth of Sri Lanka and shared the view that Sri Lanka has the potential to become a hub of the Indian Ocean Rim economic zone.

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Joint Statement between Sri Lanka and Japan

~A New Partnership between Maritime Countries~

 The Prime Minister of Japan, His Excellency Shinzo Abe paid an Official Visit to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka from 7 to 8 September 2014, on the invitation extended by the President of Sri Lanka, His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa, during his Official Working Visit to Japan in March 2013. This is the first visit to Sri Lanka by a Prime Minister of Japan in 24 years since 1990.

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