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Special radio discussion with Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena

Saturday, 30 May 2020

Foreign Relations Minister Dinesh Gunawardena participated in a special radio discussion broadcast live on the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) “Podu Jana Charitha” Programme on 30 May 2020 from 8.00 – 9.00 am

Audio link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/123kxRMx6MeJobBmy7Yoiap2AInxnWyZX/view?usp=sharing

Foreign Minister reassures continued repatriation of migrant workers

Friday, 29 May 2020

Foreign Relations, Skills Development, Employment and Labour Relations Minister Dinesh Gunawardena has reassured that the repatriation of migrant workers from the Middle East as well as other regions will continue, in a manner sensitive to the vulnerability of these communities, particularly those who have lost legal status and/or employment in their host countries. This will be done in consultation with the COVID Task Force, in view of the considerable strain presently placed on the health sector and quarantine centres following the increased number of COVID infected persons who have recently returned from Kuwait. It was noted that it is proposed to explore the possibility of getting PCR tests done prior to boarding all flights in future.

The Minister made these observations at a meeting held this evening (29 May 2020) at the Foreign Ministry attended by Foreign Secretary RavinathaAryasinha, Ministry of Skills Development, Employment and Labour Relations SecretarySarathAbeygunawardana, Chairman Sri Lankan Foreign Employment Bureau (SLBFE) Kamal Ratwatte, and relevant officials of the two ministries and the SLBFE.

Statement by H.E. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka at the “High Level Event on Financing for Development in the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond”, 28th May 2020

Thursday, 28 May 2020


Address by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa from the Presidential Secretariat at the virtual ‘High – Level Event on Financing for Development in the Era of COVID – 19 and beyond’  organized by the Prime Ministers of Canada, Jamaica and the UN Secretary General on May 28th, 2020.


Government to facilitate early return of Sri Lankans from Seychelles

Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Considering the many Sri Lankans residing and working in Seychelles who have registered their interest in returning to Sri Lanka, the Government is making arrangements to facilitate their return to Sri Lanka in compliance with the existing regulations and availability of quarantine facilities in the country.

The Sri Lanka High Commission in Seychelles has been continuously liaising with the Sri Lankan community members and has taken the initiative to appoint a Joint Committee under the leadership of the Mission which includes the Sri Lankan Association, Seychelles Buddhist Association, and the Lakstar Cricket Club, to render support to Sri Lankans who are in need of assistance. The Mission has also distributed food supplies to the community upon their request and has established a 24-hour hotline through which Sri Lankans can constantly reach the Mission.

PRESIDENT GOTABAYA RAJAPAKSA TO SPEAK AT THE UN HIGH LEVEL EVENT ON FINANCING FOR DEVELOPMENT IN THE ERA OF COVID 19 AND BEYOND, 28TH MAY 2020

Wednesday, 27 May 2020
H.E. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka is scheduled to speak at the UN High Level Event on Financing For Development in the Era of COVID 19 and Beyond, scheduled to be held from 8.00 a.m. - 12.00 noon EST on Thursday, 28th May 2020.  
 
H.E. the President will be joining many other world leaders to discuss the importance of financing for development in the context of the COVID 19 pandemic and the future.
 
The meeting can be viewed live on the UN webtv through the following link: http://webtv.un.org/
 
We hope that you and your family are keeping safe and well during these trying times.
 

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Foreign Relations Minister Dinesh Gunawardena discusses systematic repatriation process

Monday, 25 May 2020

Hon. Dinesh Gunawardena, Minister of Foreign Relations, Skills Development, Employment and Labour Relations in an interview held on Siyatha TV ‘Morning Show’ at 6.55 am today (25 May 2020) discussed the systematic repatriation process of Overseas Sri Lankans amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sri Lanka plays an active role at the CS 76 in Bangkok

Monday, 25 May 2020

The seventy-sixth session (CS 76) of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)  was successfully conducted on a virtual platform for the first time in its history,  due to the COVID 19 situation, on 21 May 2020, in Bangkok. The CS 76 deliberated on ‘Promoting economic, social and environmental cooperation on oceans for sustainable development’, reiterating commitments to realize SDG 14 on ‘life below water’, as its key theme for the Session. Delegations also engaged on a discussion on ‘Regional cooperation to address the socio-economic effects of the global health crisis’, where Sri Lanka joined in cosponsoring the resolution presented by the Secretariat, emphasizing the need for collaborative action in response to the challenges posed by COVID-19 pandemic to the world and particularly to the developing countries in the most populous Asia and the Pacific Region. 

Memorial Day Commemoration on Monday May 25th at 5:30 PM US EST (Virtual Event)

Saturday, 23 May 2020

The annual Memorial Day event organized by ACOBA-EC will take place on Monday May 25th  at 5:30 PM. 

Please join us on Zoom to commemorate the sacrifices made by US and Sri Lankan veterans of all past wars. 

Meeting link:   https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88050929517   

Meeting ID:  880 5092 9517