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New York District Attorney returns Artifacts from 18th Century recovered from investigation to Sri Lanka Permanent Mission

Friday, 26 March 2021

Ambassador Pieris and Asst. District Attorney Col. Matthew Bogdanos exchange agreements

The Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. returned a pair of antique statues of the Lord Buddha, dating to the 18th Century recovered from an ongoing investigation to the Sri Lanka Permanent Mission in New York on Thursday, 25th March 2021.

H.E. Ambassador Mohan Pieris, Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka and Mission officials received officials of the District Attorney’s Antiquities Trafficking Unit and the US Homeland Security Investigations, whom handed over the artifacts at a solemn ceremony at the Permanent Mission. Satya Rodrigo, Deputy Permanent Representative welcomed participants to the Mission for the ceremonial handover of the artifacts.


Monday, 22 March 2021

The Government of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and the Government of the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis in accordance with the interests and desires of the peoples of both countries have decided to establish diplomatic relations between the two countries with effect from 22 March 2021.

The establishment of diplomatic relations were formally done through signing of a Joint Communiqué by H.E. Mr. Mohan Pieris, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations and H.E. Mr. Ian McDonald Liburd, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Saint Kitts and Nevis to the United Nations on 22 March 2021 in New York.

Both Governments have agreed to further augment the existing friendly relations and cooperation in the political, socio-economic and cultural fields, for the mutual benefit of the two countries, based on the principles of mutual respect of both countries’ sovereignty and territorial integrity.



Statement by Hon. Vasudeva Nanayakkara, Minister of Water Supply of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka - High-Level Meeting on the Implementation of the Water-Related Goals and Targets of the 2030 Agenda on 18 March 2021

Friday, 19 March 2021

Your Excellences and Distinguished participants,

Provision of water and sanitation services is one of the highest social priorities of Sri Lanka. Targets have been well set to achieve national and global goals. Sri Lanka has successfully mainstreamed SDG 6 the water sector and accordingly accelerated water and sanitation policies to reflect that water and sanitation are human rights. Having achieved MDG targets for water and sanitation well in time, we are now in a better position to achieve global goals in WASH even ahead of time.

Sri Lanka Government’s aim is to achieve SDG 6 targets for universal access to safely managed drinking water and sanitation by 2025. Our Government aims to mobilize efforts and resources to increase pipe borne portable water of the households by 2025 significantly.


Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and the Gabonese Republic

Friday, 19 March 2021

The signing ceremony of the Joint Communiqué on establishing diplomatic relations between the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and the Gabonese Republic was held today, 19 March 2021, at the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in New York. On behalf of the respective Governments, the Joint Communiqué was signed by H.E. Mohan Pieris, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations and H.E. Michel Xavier Biang, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Gabonese Republic to the United Nations.

“The international justice system cannot be confined to rhetoric it must be something much more” - H.E. Mohan Pieris, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations

Wednesday, 17 March 2021

Statement made by H.E. Mohan Pieris, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations at the Side Event: "Violence against girl children in armed conflicts and the role of the international criminal justice system" on the occasion of the 65th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women - Invited by: Permanent Missions of Italy, Belgium, El Salvador and the European Union, in cooperation with the Office of the UN SRSG on CAAC and Save the Children

The present government is committed to developing the country as an independent, sovereign, free and unitary state - Minister Dinesh Gunawardena

Sunday, 14 March 2021

Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena stated that the present Government is committed to the development of the country while protecting the independent, sovereign, free and unitary state. He made these remarks while speaking at the opening ceremony of the Eastern Provincial Regional Consular Office of the Foreign Ministry in Trincomalee.

“The Governor has taken steps to provide equal rights to all the people of the country as a unitary state, including the North and the East. Thirty years of terrorism has disrupted life in these areas and development had declined. However, following the defeat of LTTE terrorism, steps were taken to develop these areas during the time of Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The people have not forgotten how the water supply system in the Muttur area was restored and how the service was provided to the people of this area by setting up a hospital in a ship received from the Italian government docked at the Trincomalee harbour during the tsunami disaster that befell on our country. The present government is resuming development activities that were started after the victory of the war and is working currently to improve the living standards of the people in this area. At that time, we solved the water problem in Trincomalee through the Kantale water supply scheme. Presently, our government is taking steps to provide the facilities available in Colombo to the villages as well. We all must work together to make the vision ‘Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour’ a reality and develop the country. The people know that under our government, we work to make all people be able to live happily. Our humanistic programme receives international support. We urge you not to act in a way that undermines that support. It is to develop this country that the majority of the people in this country have given us power and helped us to form a strong government in the last Presidential election as well as in the General election.”