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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

Full text of the speech made by His Excellency the President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the National Ranaviru Day commemorations on May 19th 2020.

Tuesday, 19 May 2020

( Sinhala ) (Tamil) ( English )

Full text of the speech made by His Excellency the President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the National Ranaviru Day commemorations on May 19th 2020.

Reverend Maha Sanga representing Maha Nayaka Theros and Anu Nayaka Theros of Malwatta and Asgiriya Chapters, Amarapura and Ramannya Nikayas,

His Eminence Cardinal,

Hindu Kurukkal leader, Islam Mowlawi,

·         Hon. Mahinda Rajapaksa, former President and the Prime Minister of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka,

·         Hon. Maithripala Sirisena, former President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka,

·         Admiral of the Fleet Wasantha Karannagoda,

·         Marshal of the Air Force Roshan Gunatilleke, Governor of the Western Province

·         Secretary to the President,

·         Secretary Defence,

·         Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Sri Lanka Army, Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy, Commander of the Sri Lanka Air Force,

·         Acting Inspector General of Police, Director General of the Department of Civil Defence,

·         Distinguished guests,

·         War heroes of Army, Navy, Air Force, Police and Civil Defence,

·         Dear parents, wives, sons and daughters of war heroes,

May 19th is a very important milestone in the history of Sri Lanka.

11 years ago on a day like this, on May 19th 2009, we completely defeated the separatist terrorism which had been a curse to the country for nearly 30 years.

It was President Mahinda Rajapaksa who gave the leadership for this battle in his capacity as the Commander-in-Chief.

With the end of terrorism, an environment where people could live without fear or anxiety and enjoy their human rights freely was created.

After a period of 30 years, we ensured democracy and build an atmosphere where free and fair elections could be held.

The atmosphere where people can travel freely without any restrictions to any place of the country was restored.