High Commission of Sri Lanka in India

Minister Peiris to meet US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Saturday, 22 May 2010 14:11

The Minister of External Affairs, Prof. G.L. Peiris is scheduled to leave for the USA on an official visit on 22nd May at the invitation of US Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton. This will be the first bilateral visit undertaken by Minister Peiris since assuming duties as Minister of External Affairs.

During his visit, the Minister is scheduled to meet Mrs. Clinton on 28th May for talks in Washington D.C. Minister Peiris will also meet with a number of US Senators, Members of the House of Representatives and Senior Officials of the Administration. His programme further includes several interactions with the media and speaking engagements at the invitation of prestigious US foreign policy related think –tanks.

Prior to his visit to Washington, Minister Peiris is also scheduled to meet the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and other Senior UN Officials at the UN Headquarters in New York.

Ministry of External Affairs
May 22, 2010

President's condolence message to the Indian Prime Minister on the air crash in Mangalore PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Saturday, 22 May 2010 09:26


H.E the President Mahinda Rajapaksa sent a condolence message to the Prime Minister of India Dr. Manmohan Singh on the  air crash that took palce at Mangalore, India earlier today.

The full text of the message

22 May 2010

H.E. Dr. Manmohan Singh
Prime Minister of the Republic of India
New Delhi

The news of the grievous loss of life arising out of the aircraft crash in Mangalore early this morning has deeply saddened me and the people of my country.

On behalf of the Government and people of Sri Lanka, I offer sincere condolences to the families who lost loved ones in this accident. Our thoughts and prayers are with those injured and all the people of India on this difficult day.

Please accept Excellency, the assurances of my highest consideration.

Mahinda Rajapaksa
Sri Lanka is ready to welcome IIFA Awards Ceremony PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Thursday, 20 May 2010 12:11

Addressing the third in a series of Press Meetings organized in New Delhi today (May 20th) to announce the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards in Sri Lanka, Deputy Minister of Economic Development Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena said that with the dawn of new era Sri Lanka has great potential in expanding vistas in investment, tourism and other sectors that will immensely contribute towards the rapid development drive initiated by the government.

High Commissioner Prasad Kariyawasam, Sri Lanka’s envoy to India addressing the meeting said that Sri Lanka and India are bound by a common civilization. Sri Lanka just like India is a multi ethnic and multi cultural nation where four major religions and a number of ethnic groups now live harmoniously. He expressed the confidence that the IIFA in Sri Lanka will be a successful event and reassured that Colombo is ready to welcome the IIFA and said it is a grand home-coming for this mega event. 

Indian Cinema Super Star Anil Kapoor said that the IIFA’s journey over the last ten years has opened many doors for the Indian industry in the host country. He is excited about visiting Sri Lanka, for the first time, for the forthcoming IIFA Awards. Since the two nations share a lot in common, he expected that visiting Sri Lanka would be like a home-coming.

Sri Lankan Airlines Chairman Nishantha Wickramasinghe who  addressed the meeting said that the national carrier is proud to have been nominated as the official airline of the event.Legendary Sri Lankan cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan, Director of Sri Lanka Cricket Suraj Dandeniya and Managing Director of Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau Dileep Mudadeniya also attended the meeting.


BOI signs a USD 5 million investment agreement PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Thursday, 20 May 2010 03:31

The Board of Investment of Sri Lanka granted investment approval to Alubond Australasia to commence operations under the BOI.

Mr. J.D. Bandaranayake after assuming duties as the BOI Chairman /Director General, signed the agreement on behalf of the BOI and formally presented the BOI Certificate of Registration to the investors.

The venture representing an investment of over US $ 5 million is sponsored by UAE based Eurocon Building Industries and Belize based Lofthouse Trading Inc. The venture will manufacture a range of Alubond
products for the export market. The venture will focus on global sourcing for aluminium colour coated coils.

The manufacturing plant established in the Industrial Estate, Seethawaka is expected to commence commercial operations within one year. Alubond Australasia is expected to provide 50 new employment opportunities. Directors of Alubond Australasia, N. K. Chadurvedi and Shajin Mulk signed the agreement on behalf on the venture.
G-15 has a crucial role to play in the contemporary world-Prof. G. L. Peiris PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Wednesday, 19 May 2010 10:43

President Mahinda Rajapaksa took over the Chairmanship of the G- 15 from President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran at the 14th G-15 Summit in Tehran, Iran on 17th May 2010, the Minister of External Affairs, Prof. G. L. Peiris stated at a media briefing held at the Ministry of External Affairs on 18th May 2010.

The Minister stressed that the G-15 has a critical role to play in the contemporary world and has the inherent strength to do so, comprising as it does 33% of the world’s population, 25% of the world’s crude oil producers and 27% of world exports in developing nations. The Membership of the G-15 also includes India, Brazil and Mexico: 3 of the 10 largest economies in the world.

Several themes dominated the 14th G-15 Summit and the Meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, which preceded it, said Prof. Peiris. The primary thrust of the discussions was that the developing world collectively has to pool its resources and strengths to further the interests of the people of these countries.


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