High Commission of Sri Lanka in India

Visit of the Hon. Vasantha Senanayake, State Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka to New Delhi, 02 – 04 October 2017 PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Monday, 09 October 2017 06:44

The State Minister of Foreign Affairs Vasantha Senanayake was on a working visit to New Delhi from 02 – 04 October 2017.

The Minister visited the Sri Lanka Buddhist Pilgrims Rest (SLBPR) in New Delhi and met with the Chief Priest with officials of the Sri Lanka High Commission and discussed issues pertaining to the facilities provided and the other needs of the increasing number of Sri Lanka Buddhist pilgrims visiting India. The Minister also visited the Maha Bodhi Temple, and paid homage to the sacred Kapilavastu Relics at the National Museum.

During the visit the State Minister had separate meetings with Heads of Missions of Spain, Israel, Brunei and Chargé d' Affaires of Luxemburg.  

At the Meeting with Ambassador of Spain the Minister spoke of developing closer links between Sri Lanka and Spain. The issues discussed were the possibility of establishing a Spanish Language Centre in Sri Lanka, obtaining Spanish expertise on water management and cooperation in the field of Agriculture. The State Minister and the Ambassador spoke of Sri Lanka pursuing greater links with Latin American countries.

At the Meeting with the Israeli Ambassador, the State Minister and the Ambassador exchanged views on increasing employment opportunities for Sri Lankans in Israel, on sharing expertise in the Agricultural Sector and, Israel’s water management Scheme, as well as a greater collaboration in the Tourism Sector. The Israeli Agency for Development Cooperation could work together with Sri Lanka on sharing expertise under the development assistance scheme.

At the meeting with Ambassador of Brunei the discussion centred on the historical links with countries in Asia  and the importance of pursuing closer relations with ASEAN and Brunei’s role within the organization.

The Chargé d' Affaires of Luxemburg at the meeting with the State Minister stated that Luxemburg was happy to have the Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka visiting Luxemburg recently, as it was the first visit by a Sri Lankan Foreign Minister since the establishment of Diplomatic relations in 1972. The Chargé d' Affaires thanked Sri Lanka for the step taken to appoint a Honorary Consul in Luxemburg and it was suggested that Luxemburg work towards identifying a Honorary Consul in Sri Lanka. It was agreed that the two countries work closer on promoting trade and investments.

At the Meetings with the Heads of Missions the State Minister spoke of the current developments in Sri Lanka the need to focus on developing economic and trade relations. In the political sphere, the State Minister elaborated on the ongoing new reforms including the constitutional reform process.

Sri Lanka High Commission

New Delhi

09th October 2017

YOGA AND SRI LANKA LUXURY SPA & WELLNESS EVENING PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Friday, 29 September 2017 13:14

Under the patronage of the High Commission of Sri Lanka in New Delhi, the Indian Importers Chamber of Commerce and Industry organized the “Yog Mahotsav and Sri Lanka Luxury Spa & Wellness evening” at the High Commission premises on 26th September 2017. 

The theme of the event was “”Yoga & Spa” and the focus was on the fusion of yoga and on traditional natural healing and wellness practices of Sri Lanka and India. The presentation by Spa Ceylon Luxury Ayurveda at the event, brought to the limelight, Sri Lanka’s indigenous medicines and traditional natural healing practices and its benefits, while Global Yoga Alliance demonstrated the spiritual disciplines of Yoga, which focusses on harmony between mind, body and soul.  

High Commissioner Chitranganee Wagiswara welcoming the participants at the commencement, spoke of Sri Lanka’s indigenous medicines and applications practiced over many centuries. She further stated that “ more and more people are now turning to spa therapy and Sri Lanka has become a well-known destination for visitors from world over”. 

During the event, invitees had the opportunity to experience, natural healing practices of Spa Ceylon Luxury Ayurveda and Global Yoga Alliance.   

Over two hundred invitees participated at the event comprising members of the Diplomatic Corps, representatives from trade chambers, travel and tourism, businessmen and journalists.  

Sri Lanka High CommissionNew Delhi

29th September 2017. 

Hon. Vasantha Senanayake, State Minister of Foreign Affairs Visits Kushinagar Pilgrims sites. PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Friday, 29 September 2017 13:07

State Minister of Foreign Affairs Vasantha Senanayake visited India from 23-25th September 2017. He visited Kushinagar Pilgrims sites on 24th September 2017. The Uttar Pradesh Government made arrangements to receive the state Minister on arrival at the Gorakpur Airport, and he was received by Group Captain Rajath Thiyagi, Sub Divisional Magistrate of Gorakpur at the Gorakpur Airport. In Kushinagar, he was received by Sub Divisional Magistrate of Kushinagar, Mr. Jayaprakash Shukla and was accorded a Police guard of honour.

In Kushinagar, State Minister Senanayake had discussions with Ven H. Assaji Thero, Chief Monk of the Sri Lanka- Japan Buddhist Center on the maintainance of the monuments and the temple, and on the facilities provided to the Buddhist pilgrims. The state Minister of Foreign Affairs also paid homage to the sacred sites in Kushinagar. 

High Commission of Sri LankaNew Delhi 

Foreign Minister Marapana undertakes his first official overseas visit to India PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Monday, 18 September 2017 03:49

Hon. Tilak Marapana assumes duties as Minister of Foreign Affairs PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Wednesday, 23 August 2017 09:12

Hon. Tilak Marapana, Minister of Development Assignments assumed duties at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on Friday 18 August 2017. 

Minister Marapana was received by the Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Prasad Kariyawasam and senior staff upon arrival at the Ministry. Following the lighting of the traditional oil lamp and holding of religious observances, the Minister officially assumed duties at the Ministry.

Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana addessed the media following his assumption of duties.

Ministry of Foreign AffairsColombo
19 August 2017

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