High Commission of Sri Lanka in India

India-Sri Lanka Joint Declaration PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Wednesday, 09 June 2010 17:40

1.  At the invitation of the President of India, Smt. Prathiba Devisingh Patil, the President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa, is paying a State Visit to India from 8th – 11th June 2010. The President is accompanied by Mrs. Shiranthi Rajapaksa.

2. The President of Sri Lanka was accorded a ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapathi Bhavan on 9th June 2010. During the visit, the President of Sri Lanka was received by the President of India, who hosted a banquet in his honour.

3. Finance Minister Shri. Pranab Mukherjee, External Affairs Minister Shri. S.M. Krishna, Leader of Opposition Smt. Sushma Swaraj and Chairperson of the United Progressive Alliance Smt. Sonia Gandhi called on President Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa.

4. The President of Sri Lanka had a meeting with the Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on 9th June 2010, which was followed by delegation level talks.

5. The official discussions between the two sides were marked by friendship, mutual respect and understanding. The President of Sri Lanka and the Prime Minister of India agreed that the shared cultural and civilizational heritage of India and Sri Lanka and the extensive people-to-people interaction provided the foundation to build a vibrant and multi-faceted partnership. India-Sri Lanka relations have matured and diversified with the passage of time, encompassing all areas of contemporary relevance, including trade, services and investment, development cooperation, science and technology, culture and education.

6. In consonance with their vision of the future of the India-Sri Lanka relations, the two leaders agreed to further harness the enormous potential available for consolidating and strengthening the bilateral partnership by building on shared values and principles of democracy and pluralism, leveraging common strategic concerns and interests, enhancing connectivity between the two countries, increasing the integration of their economies, and reinforcing the institutional framework for cooperation.
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Vibrant policy, immense scope for investment – President PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Saturday, 05 June 2010 01:34

“Those of you who are keen to explore, will find abundant opportunities for investment in Sri Lanka. The scope is immense: from infrastructure, to agri-business, to manufacturing and to a range of services. You will also find that our country offers a rare package of skills, capacity, and a willingness to learn and adapt. Our policy is vibrant, our package is enticing and exciting, and you would do well to join us in our forward march. I earnestly invite you to do so,” said President Mahinda Rajapaksa addressing the Business Forum organized jointly by the Indian and Sri Lankan Chambers of Commerce in Colombo today, to coincide with the IIFA Awards Weekend.

Among the highlights of the President’s address to a large gathering of leading investors from India and Sri Lanka were :

• The world business community is now slowly but surely, acknowledging and appreciating Sri Lanka’s major successes in the economic sphere, though not much reported in the media.

• The relationship between Sri Lanka and India has been anchored in a rich heritage and is irreversible… we are now adding new spice to our relations with India and the world, with new and varied business opportunities.

• We strongly believe that to bring permanent peace there must be development. As I have often said, “there is no peace without development, and no development without peace.”

• We faced the global economic crisis bravely, and with certainty; our currency did not fluctuate unduly, and absorbed the shock of the massive global capital flight… Not a single bank or regulated financial institutions collapsed during the crisis, due to quick and well planned interventions, which built confidence. We faced all these successfully, while fighting terrorism.

• What we have achieved in terms of rehabilitation of those misled youth, and the resettlement of the IDPs, is far superior to any such exercise anywhere in the world.

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Minister Prof. Peiris briefs the media on the outcome of his visit to USA PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Tuesday, 01 June 2010 14:05
The Minister of External Affairs Prof. G.L. Peiris addressing a media briefing held today (1st June 2010) on the outcome of his recent visit to the United States stated that he was very much encouraged by the US leadership’s extremely positive response towards Sri Lanka government’s initiatives since the end of the war. When Minister Peiris had expressed appreciations for the recent removal of the US travel warning on Sri Lanka, Secretary Clinton had observed that it was a vote of confidence in Sri Lanka as well as a reflection on the safe and secure environment.
The Minister stated that following the two national elections which produced resounding electoral mandates for the government, the US has expressed confidence about the democratic process and the political leadership of Sri Lanka. The Minister pointed out that the US political culture is characterised by respect for democratic electoral processes. The Minister had also briefed Secretary Clinton about the revival of the democratic process that was interrupted due to terrorism in the North and the East, including holding of island wide elections. He also briefed the US side about the removal of the majority of the Emergency Regulations that were enacted during the conflict. The US side had also appreciated President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s consultations with the Tamil leadership during the ongoing political consultations.
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New Delhi High Commission celebrates Vesak PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Friday, 28 May 2010 06:30

This year’s Vesak was celebrated at the High Commission of Sri Lanka in New Delhi by the staff of the High Commission with the members of the Sri Lankan community in New Delhi,  on 27 May 2010. The religious ceremony consisted of a Bodhi Puja and sermons, conducted by members of Sri Lankan and Indian Monks and Bhikkunis.

After the conclusion of the religious events, members of the High Commission staff and the members of Sri Lankan community lighted Vesak lanterns in and around the High Commission premises. The three best creations of Vesak lanterns were awarded gifts.

Earlier in the day, High Commissioner Prasad Kariyawasam participated as the Chief Guest of the Vesak Celebrations organized by the Young Men’s Bhuddhist Association of India at the Auditorium of the National Museum in New Delhi. He stressed the importance of adhering to the principles of Metta, Karuna, Muditha and Upeksha for a contended life. His address outlined the fact that Buddhism was a faith that respects and tolerates all other religions and it focuses on the human mind which is responsible for everything including making war and peace. The Lord Buddha was the greatest liberal and humanitarian who more than two thousand years ago pioneered a social revolution stating that it was action and not birth that determined one's status in life. 

The High Commission staff and the members of the Sri Lankan community will participate at the Sila Programme being organized at the New Delhi Buddha Vihar, Maha Bodhi Society of India on 30 May 2010.

 
Enter virtuous path to sustain joy of freedom - The President PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Thursday, 27 May 2010 08:30

President 's  message for Vesak.

Vesak Full Moon Day which marks the birth of prince Siddhartha, His Enlightenment and Parinibbana is the noblest religious event for all Buddhists. We can spend this day meaningfully by engaging in Buddhist ritual and practice.

We who observe the five precepts do not approve killing, bloodshed and torture. It brings joy to celebrate this Vesak after closing the sorrowful chapter of thirty years of bloodshed and destruction of life. It is fortunate that Buddhists now enjoy the freedom and a secure atmosphere necessary for that purpose. We must enter a
spiritual and virtuous way of life in order to sustain that joy.

A path of love (metta), compassion (karuna), sympathetic joy (muditha) and equanimity (upekkha) should be followed. Ours should be a nation which is not shortsighted but farsighted and committed to achieve consolation through patience as taught by Buddha. If delays in the past obstructed our path to Nibbana, we should learn to avoid such delay.

Yo cha pubbe pamajjithva – paccha so nappamajjathi So imang lokang pabhasethi- abha muththova chandima

- Dhammapada

“If one was heedless in the beginning but is not so afterwards, he will illuminate this world as the moon emerges through the cloud”, thus Buddha taught.

Those who live virtuous lives will not see the faults of the past and grieve in the present. Let us resolve during this Vesak Day to follow the wholesome path of Buddha with determination and relentless efforts to build a virtuous nation.

May the Triple Gem bless you!

 


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