High Commission of Sri Lanka in India

Sri Lanka expresses grave concern over the death of aid seekers in Gaza PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Monday, 04 March 2024 14:24

Sri Lanka is deeply troubled about the death of over hundred people who were waiting to receive aid in Gaza and joins the call for investigation into the incident.

The latest incident underscores the immediate need to end the blockade imposed on Gaza, depriving its civilian population, including women and children, of access to basic necessities such as food, water, medicine, electricity, and fuel.

Sri Lanka reiterates its call for an immediate ceasefire and unrestricted humanitarian access to Gaza to alleviate the suffering of civilians.

The Sri Lanka Government approved the establishment of the “Children of Gaza Fund,” a compassionate initiative proposed by the President aimed at providing assistance to the victims in Gaza and to donate USD one million through UN agencies to provide much-needed support to the victims of Gaza.

Minister Jeevan Thondaman inaugurates Ramayana Art Exhibition in New Delhi PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Sunday, 03 March 2024 08:49

At the invitation of the Director General of the National Gallery of Modern Arts (NGMA) New Delhi, Minister of Water and Estate Infrastructure Development Jeevan Thondaman inaugurated the ‘Ramayanam Chitrakavyam’ exhibition as the Guest of Honour together with Minister of State for External Affairs and Culture Meenakshi Lekhi on 1 March 2024.

Addressing the event, Minister Thondaman observed that in Sri Lanka as in India, the Ramayana is woven into the rich cultural tapestry and adapted into various forms of literature, dance, theatre and art, serving as a common narrative and contributing to a shared cultural consciousness, facilitating understanding and strengthening ties between the two countries. Noting that people-to-people connect remains the fulcrum of bilateral interactions, which further strengthens the civilizational links, he remarked that artistic depictions and interpretations of the Ramayana are often associated with sites and festivals which have become points of interest for cultural and religious tourism, attracting visitors from both Sri Lanka and India. Minister Thondaman pointed out with pride, that his constituency of the Nuwara Eliya district is associated with several sites stated as being connected to the Ramayana. In this context, he underscored the tremendous potential to increase tourism between the two countries through the Ramayana trail and Buddhist pilgrim circuit. He also referred to the intellectual and engineering prowess attributed to King Ravana both in Sri Lanka and in the Ramayana epic.

EU-Sri Lanka: 26th Joint Commission Meeting takes place in Brussels PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Friday, 01 March 2024 07:50

The 26th European Union (EU) – Sri Lanka Joint Commission took place on 22 February in Brussels. The meeting served as an occasion to exchange views on all areas of EU-Sri Lanka bilateral relations, in a spirit of cooperation and mutual respect. 


The EU updated on its key policies and legislation over the past year including on its economic security strategy, artificial intelligence policy, business and human rights agenda, environment protection, Global Gateway strategy and EU Indo-Pacific strategy. Sri Lanka briefed the EU on the steady progress made in the past year towards economic stabilization and recovery. The EU noted that Sri Lanka is taking steps to ensure that economic growth is sustainable, inclusive and equitable and is accompanied by social protection measures for vulnerable groups. The EU congratulated Sri Lanka on the rapid economic recovery and growth prospects.


The EU and Sri Lanka discussed current global challenges, such as combating climate change, financing green energy and technology transition, achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and mitigating the sovereign debt crisis, the challenges of terrorism and transnational organised crime, cyber-security and disinformation. They highlighted the importance of international law in upholding international peace and security, with full respect of the UN Charter. 

Statement by His Excellency M.U.M. Ali Sabry, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka High Level Segment of the Conference on Disarmament 26 February 2024 PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Thursday, 29 February 2024 15:00

Mr. President

Madam Secretary-General of the Conference on Disarmament


Ladies and Gentlemen


I extend my felicitations to you Mr. President on assuming the Presidency of this Conference and assure you of my country’s fullest support in carrying out the important work of this Conference.


I also appreciate the commitment and the untiring efforts of the Indian presidency that preceded, towards building consensus through open and broad consultations.


I am addressing this important body at a decisive time in human history. The need is more vital than ever, for effective disarmament diplomacy.   


In the backdrop of prevailing complex geo-political tensions and threats to the global peace, security and stabilization, as well as the fast-emerging digital technologies, the need for the Conference on Disarmament to resume its substantive work is apparent. It is a matter of deep regret that for over more than two decades the CD has been deadlocked, preventing it from negotiating urgent matters of vital importance on its agenda.


Mr. President,


It is also significant that the Conference addresses evolving issues related to Disarmament. Advanced technologies provide new opportunities for the betterment of the humankind, but if unregulated, they also pose grave challenges.


The use of AI in weapons systems without human intervention is a matter of grave concern to my delegation. Sri Lanka consistently advocates on the centrality of human control in weapons systems. In this context, I am pleased to recall that Sri Lanka co-sponsored the first ever UNGA Resolution on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems in September last year.

Foreign Minister Ali Sabry addresses the High-level Segment of the 55th Session of the UN Human Rights Council PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Wednesday, 28 February 2024 15:49

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ali Sabry urged the members of the UN Human Rights Council not to allow short-term political gains or “domestic vote bank politics” to overtake the work of the Council, when addressing the High-Level segment of the 55th Session of the Council through a pre-recorded video statement on 27 February 2024.

Minister Sabry highlighted that despite the severe constraints faced by the country, Sri Lanka continued to engage actively and constructively with an extensive array of helpful working methods of the Council, that are productive and beneficial to the people.

The Foreign Minister reiterated Sri Lanka's rejection of the HRC resolutions 46/1 and 51/1 and the external evidence gathering mechanism established by these resolutions, while emphasizing that such mechanisms are counterproductive and unhelpful and contradict the founding principles of the Council.

He also provided an overview of the tangible progress made by the country with regard to economic recovery, national unity and reconciliation and added that the cornerstone of this recovery lies in pragmatic policy decisions that prioritize the country’s welfare over short-term political gains. The significant progress achieved in this regard has been recognized and welcomed both locally and internationally, he stated.

While stating that the Council’s approach to the humanitarian crisis in Gaza will be another litmus test to its credibility, Minister Sabry urged the Council to prioritize depoliticization, constructive dialogue, and multilateral cooperation while avoiding double standards.

The 55th Session of the Council takes place in Geneva from 26 February – 5 April 2024. During this Session, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights will present an oral update on Sri Lanka on 04 March 2023, as mandated by the HRC Resolution 51/1.  Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva Himalee Arunatilaka will deliver Sri Lanka’s statement as the country concerned following the oral update by the High Commissioner.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
28 February 2024


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