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International Charity Bazaar 2019 – SHOM in Warsaw

Sri Lanka Embassy in Warsaw, Poland participated in the International Charity Bazaar 2019, held at the Marriot Hotel in Warsaw. The Charity Bazaar organized annually by the Association of Spouses of Heads of Missions (SHOM) Warsaw on the 8th of December 2019.

The event is held to raise funds for charitable organizations that help the poor and ailing children, women, and elderly people in Poland.

The Bazaar showcased a wide array of products from all around the world, with approximately 63 countries participating and showcasing their country products at the Fair. Approximately 20,000 visitors attended the fair which provided shopping of high-quality exotic products at low prices.

Opening the Stall, the Ambassador and the staff encouraged the customers to experience the taste of high-quality Ceylon Tea. The Sri Lanka Stall, drew large crowds with Ceylon Tea sponsoring the consumer tea stall and with the support of Sri Lanka Tea Board, the Embassy was able to promote Ceylon Tea under the wide array of tea sold by Dilmah Tea, Impra, Akbar Brothers, Ergo International.

The Sri Lanka stall also displayed Sri Lankan Porcelain products. The Bazaar was a huge success and this year the money collected would benefit deserving charities in Poland.

Embassy of Sri Lanka in Poland

10th December 2019

Warsaw

 

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UPDATE ON THE ALLEGED INCIDENT RELATING TO SWISS EMBASSY STAFF MEMBER

Media Statement

The Government of Sri Lanka, having taken serious note of the alleged criminal incident concerning a locally recruited staff member of the Swiss Embassy in Colombo, on Monday, 25 November 2019, immediately ordered a thorough investigation into this matter.

This evening (1 December 2019) Secretary/Foreign Relations Ravinatha Aryasinha together with Secretary/Defence Major General (Retd.) Kamal Gunaratne and relevant officials met with the Ambassador for Switzerland in Sri Lanka Hanspeter Mock and the Deputy Chief of Mission, and briefed them on the results of the investigation by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Police.

While the Embassy had not presented the alleged victim to be interviewed by the law enforcement officials despite their request to do so, based on the information provided by the Swiss Mission on Friday 29 November 2019, the investigation was nevertheless conducted. The Ambassador was presented with clear evidence that the sequence of events and timeline of the alleged incident, as formally presented by the Swiss Mission on behalf of the alleged victim to the CID, did not in any way correspond with the actual movements of the alleged victim on that date, as borne out by witness interviews and technical evidence,  including Uber records, CCTV footage, telephone records and the GPS data.

In light of the incontrovertible evidence presented by the law enforcement authorities to the Swiss Mission, it was underlined that further investigations would need to be continued to ascertain the actual facts surrounding this allegation, for which the alleged victim will have to be interviewed by the law enforcement authorities. Given that the alleged victim had also claimed that she had sustained injuries during the alleged abduction, it was noted that she should be presented for a medical examination by a Judicial Medical Officer in Sri Lanka.

The Embassy has been requested to cooperate fully with the Government of Sri Lanka to establish the veracity of the claims relating to this alleged incident.

Ministry of Foreign Relations

Colombo

1 December 2019

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UNODC DIRECTOR OPERATIONS MIWA KATO CALLS ON FOREIGN MINISTER GUNAWARDENA

Director, Operations of the United Nations office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Miwa Kato paid a courtesy call on Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena on 28 November 2019 at the Ministry.

The Minister appreciated the increasing engagement between Sri Lanka and UNODC, especially in maritime crime prevention. He emphasized that at a time that Sri Lanka is emerging after a 30 year long separatist terrorist conflict that ravaged the country for nearly three decades, violent extremism and other forms of illegal crimes hamper Sri Lanka’s economic trajectory. It is in this context that Sri Lanka is looking forward to engaging with UNODC to find appropriate systems and procedures to address issues in the long term.

The main focus of the discussion was on drug trafficking in Sri Lankan waters and beyond and how the cooperation between Sri Lanka and UNODC has been able to intercept many attempts of drug trafficking. UNODC praised Sri Lanka’s efforts and achievements in combating illegal drug trafficking. Further, both sides affirmed their commitment to find a practical way to address nefarious operations inside prisons that contribute to expand drug trafficking; including capacity building for prison staff to bring the inappropriate situations under control.

UNODC also commended the excellent cooperation received from Sri Lankan authorities especially from the Ministry of Foreign Relations and the Sri Lanka Navy and briefed on the support extended by the UNODC to the Sri Lanka Navy to provide Visit, Board, Search and Seizure(VBSS) training to countries in the region.

Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha stressed that Sri Lanka is in need of comprehensive long term support to build local capacity in combating drug trafficking and other maritime crime together with transfer of appropriate technology backed by state-of-the-art equipment which would bring tangible benefits to the country. The Secretary further noted that UNODC’s support has augmented Sri Lanka’s existing strength in the maritime safety and security domain, especially in the Indian Ocean through the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Working Group on Maritime Safety and Security, which is led by Sri Lanka.

The Minister also drew attention to the Government’s foreign policy focusing on neutrality and working with all nations and that Sri Lanka is poised to continue a robust ocean policy, as reiterated by the President.

Director General of Ocean Affairs, Environment and Climate Change of the Ministry, Hasanthi Dissanayake appreciated the assistance that UNODC extended for the Track 1.5 Conference on “The Indian Ocean: Defining Our Future” held in October 2018 and the First Meeting of the IORA Working Group on Maritime Safety and Security in August 2019 and welcomed the pledged support for the Track 1 Conference to be held in the near future.

Head of UNODC Maritime Crime Programme  Allen Cole, and two other staff from UNODC Sri Lanka office accompanied Director Kato, while the Foreign Secretary and senior officials of the Ministry of Foreign Relations were present at the discussion.

Ministry of Foreign Relations
Colombo
29 November 2019
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මාධ්‍ය නිවේදනය

මත් ද්‍රව්‍ය හා අපරාධ පිළිබඳ එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ කාර්යාලයේ (UNODC) මෙහෙයුම් අධ්‍යක්ෂ මිවා කතෝ මහත්මිය විදේශ අමාත්‍ය ගුණවර්ධන මහතා බැහැ දකියි

මත්ද්‍රව්‍ය හා අපරාධ පිළිබඳ එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ කාර්යාලයේ මෙහෙයුම් අධ්‍යක්ෂිකා මිවා කතෝ මහත්මිය 2019 නොවැම්බර් 28 වන දින මෙම අමාත්‍යාංශයේදී විදේශ අමාත්‍ය දිනේෂ් ගුණවර්ධන මහතා බැහැ දුටුවාය.

ශ්‍රී ලංකාව සහ මත්ද්‍රව්‍ය හා අපරාධ පිළිබඳ එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ කාර්යාලය අතර විශේෂයෙන්, සමුද්‍රීය අපරාධ වැළැක්වීම සම්බන්ධයෙන් වැඩි වශයෙන් කටයුතුවල නියැලීම පිළිබඳව අමාත්‍යවරයා සිය ප්‍රශංසාව පුද කළේය. දශක තුනකට ආසන්න කාලයක් පුරා රට විනාශ මුඛයට ඇද දැමූ වසර 30 ක බෙදුම්වාදී ත්‍රස්ත ගැටුමේන් මිදී ශ්‍රී ලංකාව යථා තත්ත්වයට පත්වන අවස්ථාවක, ප්‍රචණ්ඩකාරී අන්තවාදය සහ නීති විරෝධී අපරාධවල වෙනත් ස්වරූප, ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ ආර්ථික ගමන් මඟට බාධා ඇති කරන බව ඔහු අවධාරණය කළේය. දීර්ඝ කාලීනව ගැටළු විසඳීම සඳහා සුදුසු ක්‍රමවේදයන් හා ක්‍රියා පටිපාටි සොයා ගැනීම සඳහා මත්ද්‍රව්‍ය හා අපරාධ පිළිබඳ එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ කාර්යාලය සමඟ ශ්‍රී ලංකාව කටයුතු කිරීමට අපේක්ෂා කරන්නේ මෙවැනි සන්දර්භයක් තුළ ය.

ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට අයත්  මුහුදු තීරයේ සහ ඉන් ඔබ්බෙහි මත්ද්‍රව්‍ය ජාවාරම පිළිබඳව සහ ශ්‍රී ලංකාව සහ මත්ද්‍රව්‍ය හා අපරාධ පිළිබඳ එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ කාර්යාලය අතර සහයෝගීතාවයට, මත්ද්‍රව්‍ය ජාවාරම් ප්‍රයත්න රැසක්  වළක්වා ගැනීමට හැකි වී තිබෙන්නේ කෙසේද යන්න පිළිබඳව මෙම සාකච්ඡාවේ දී මූලික අවධානය යොමු කරන ලදී.  නීතිවිරෝධී මත්ද්‍රව්‍ය ජාවාරම මැඩපැවැත්වීමේහිලා ශ්‍රී ලංකාව යෙදූ ප්‍රයත්න සහ එහිදී ලබා ගත් ජයග්‍රහන, මත්ද්‍රව්‍ය හා අපරාධ පිළිබඳ එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ කාර්යාලයේ පැසසීමට ලක්විය. තවද, මත්ද්‍රව්‍ය ජාවාරම ව්‍යාප්ත කිරීමට දායක වන බන්ධනාගාර තුළ සිදුවන අපරාධකාරී මෙහෙයුම්වලට විසඳුම් ලබා දීම සඳහා,  නුසුදුසු තත්වයන් පාලනය කිරීමේ අරමුණින් බන්ධනාගාර කාර්ය මණ්ඩලයේ ධාරිතා සංවර්ධනය කිරීම ඇතුළුව, ප්‍රායෝගික ක්‍රමයක් සොයා ගැනීමට දෙපාර්ශ්වයම කැපවී සිටින බව තහවුරු කළහ.

ශ්‍රී ලංකා බලධාරීන්ගෙන්, විශේෂයෙන්, විදේශ සබඳතා අමාත්‍යාංශයෙන් සහ ශ්‍රී ලංකා නාවික හමුදාවෙන් ලැබුණු විශිෂ්ට සහයෝගීතාව මත්ද්‍රව්‍ය හා අපරාධ පිළිබඳ එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ කාර්යාලය අගය කළ අතර, පැමිණීම, ගොඩවීම, සෙවීම හා අල්ලා ගැනීම (VBSS) පුහුණු මෙම කළාපයේ රටවලට ලබා දීමට ශ්‍රී ලංකා නාවික හමුදාවට මත්ද්‍රව්‍ය හා අපරාධ පිළිබඳ එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ කාර්යාලය විසින් ලබා දෙන ලද සහය පිළිබඳව කරුණු පැහැදිලි කළේය.

රටට ප්‍රායෝගික ප්‍රතිලාභ ගෙන එන ඉතා දියුණු උපකරණවල සහය ලබන යෝග්‍ය තාක්ෂණයන් මාරු කිරීම ඇතුළුව මත්ද්‍රව්‍ය ජාවාරම සහ අනෙකුත් සමුද්‍රීය අපරාධ මැඩලීම සඳහා දේශීය ධාරිතාවය සංවර්ධනය කිරීම සඳහා පූර්ණ සහය දිගුකාලීනව ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට අවශ්‍ය වන බව විදේශ ලේකම් රවිනාථ ආර්යසිංහ මහතා අවධාරණය කළේය. ශ්‍රී ලංකාව ‍ප්‍රධානත්වය දරන, සමුද්‍රීය ආරක්ෂාව සහ සුරක්ෂිතභාවය පිළිබඳ ඉන්දියානු සාගර වටද්දර රටවල සංගමයේ (IORA) ක්‍රියාකාරී කණ්ඩායම හරහා විශේෂයෙන්, ඉන්දියන් සාගරයේ සමුද්‍රාරක්‍ෂක හා සුරක්ෂිතතා ක්‍ෂේත්‍රය සම්බන්ධයෙන් ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ පවත්නා ශක්තිය, මත්ද්‍රව්‍ය හා අපරාධ පිළිබඳ එක‍්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ කාර්යාලයේ සහය මඟින් වර්ධනය වී ඇති බව ලේකම්වරයා තවදුරටත් සඳහන් කළේය.

මධ්‍යස්ථභාවය සහ සියලු රටවල සමඟ කටයුතු කිරීම කෙරෙහි අවධානය යොමු කරන රජයේ විදේශ ප්‍රතිපත්තිය පිළිබඳව ද, ජනාධිපතිතුමා විසින් අවධාරණය කළ පරිදි ශක්තිමත් සාගර ප්‍රතිපත්තියක් ඉදිරියට ගෙන යාමට ශ්‍රී ලංකාව සූදානමින් සිටීම පිළිබඳව ද අමාත්‍යවරයා අවධාරණය යොමු කළේය.

අමාත්‍යාංශයේ සාගර කටයුතු, පරිසර හා දේශගුණික විපර්යාස පිළිබඳ අධ්‍යක්ෂ ජනරාල් හසන්ති දිසනායක මහත්මිය, 2018 ඔක්තෝබර් මාසයේදී පවත්වන ලද “ඉන්දියන් සාගරය: අපගේ අනාගතය නිශ්චය කරයි” පිළිබඳ ට්‍රැක් 1.5 සමුළුව සහ 2019 අගෝස්තු මාසයේ දී පැවති සමුද්‍රිය ආරක්ෂාව හා සුරක්ෂිතභාවය පිළිබඳ ඉන්දියානු සාගර වටද්දර රටවල සංගමයේ ක්‍රියාකාරී කණ්ඩායමේ පළමු රැස්වීම සඳහා මත්ද්‍රව්‍ය හා අපරාධ පිළිබඳ එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ කාර්යාලය ලබා දෙන ලද සහය සම්බන්ධයෙන් සිය ප්‍රශංසාව පුද කළ අතර නුදුරු අනාගතයේ දී පැවැත්වීමට නියමිත ට්‍රැක් 1 සමුළුවට සහයෝගය දැක්වීමට ඉදිරිපත්වීම වෙනුවෙන් සතුට පළ කළාය.

අධ්‍යක්ෂිකා කතෝ මහත්මිය සමඟ, මත්ද්‍රව්‍ය හා අපරාධ පිළිබඳ එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ කාර්යාලයේ සමුද්‍රීය අපරාධ වැඩසටහනේ ප්‍රධානී ඇලන් කෝල් මහතා හා මත්ද්‍රව්‍ය හා අපරාධ පිළිබඳ එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ කාර්යාලයේ ශ්‍රී ලංකා කාර්යාලයේ කාර්ය මණ්ඩල සාමාජිකයින් දෙදෙනෙක් ද, විදේශ ලේකම් හා විදේශ සබඳතා අමාත්‍යාංශයේ ජ්‍යෙෂ්ඨ නිලධාරීහු ද මෙම සාකච්ඡාවට සහභාගී වූහ.

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ஐக்கிய நாடுகள் சபையின் போதைப்பொருள் மற்றும் குற்றம் தொடர்பான அலுவலகத்தின் பணிப்பாளர் மிவா கடோ வெளிநாட்டு உறவுகள் அமைச்சர் தினேஷ் குணவர்த்தன அவர்களை 2019 நவம்பர் 28 ஆந் திகதி அமைச்சில் வைத்து சந்தித்தார்.

இலங்கை மற்றும் UNODC இடையே குறிப்பாக கடல்சார் குற்றத் தடுப்பு தொடர்பில் அதிகரித்து வரும் ஈடுபாட்டை அமைச்சர் பாராட்டினார். ஏறக்குறைய மூன்று தசாப்தங்களாக நாட்டை அழிவுக்குட்படுத்திய 30 ஆண்டுகால பிரிவினைவாத பயங்கரவாத மோதலுக்குப் பின்னர் இலங்கை வளர்ச்சியடைந்து வரும் ஒரு தருணத்தில், வன்முறைத் தீவிரவாதம் மற்றும் ஏனைய சட்டவிரோதக் குற்றங்கள் இலங்கையின் பொருளாதாரப் பாதையை தடை செய்கின்றன என அவர் வலியுறுத்தினார். இத்தகையதொரு சூழ்நிலையில், நீண்டகாலப் பிரச்சினைகளைத் தீர்ப்பதற்குப் பொருத்தமான அமைப்புகள் மற்றும் நடைமுறைகளைக் கண்டறிவதற்காக இலங்கை UNODC உடன் ஈடுபடுவதற்கு எதிர்பார்க்கின்றது.

இலங்கையின் நீர்ப்பரப்பு மற்றும் அதற்கு அப்பால் இடம்பெறும் போதைப்பொருள் கடத்தல் மற்றும் இலங்கை மற்றும் UNODC க்கு இடையிலான ஒத்துழைப்பு எவ்வாறு போதைப்பொருள் கடத்தலின் பல முயற்சிகளைத் தடுத்தது என்பன தொடர்பில் இந்த கலந்துரையாடலின் போது பிரதானமாக கவனம் செலுத்தப்பட்டது. சட்டவிரோத போதைப்பொருள் கடத்தலை எதிர்ப்பதிலான இலங்கையின் முயற்சிகள் மற்றும் சாதனைகளை UNODC பாராட்டியது. மேலும், பொருத்தமற்ற சூழ்நிலைகளை கட்டுப்பாட்டுக்குள் கொண்டுவருவதற்காக, சிறை ஊழியர்களின் திறன்களை மேம்படுத்துதல் உள்ளடங்கலாக, போதைப்பொருள் கடத்தலை விரிவுபடுத்துவதற்கு பங்களிப்புச் செய்யும் சிறைச்சாலைகளுக்குள் தீங்கு விளைவிக்கும் நடவடிக்கைகளுக்கு தீர்வு காண்பதற்கான நடைமுறை வழிமுறையைக் கண்டறிவதற்கான தமது ஈடுபாட்டை இரு தரப்பினரும் உறுதிப்படுத்தினர்.

குறிப்பாக வெளிநாட்டு உறவுகள் அமைச்சு மற்றும் இலங்கை கடற்படை ஆகியவற்றின் அதிகாரிகளிடமிருந்து பெறப்பட்ட சிறந்த ஒத்துழைப்பை UNODC பாராட்டியதுடன், பிராந்தியத்தில் உள்ள நாடுகளுக்கு வழங்கப்படும் விஜயம் செய்தல், தரித்தல், தேடுதல் மற்றும் பறிமுதல் ஆகியவற்றிலான பயிற்சியை இலங்கை கடற்படையினருக்கு அளிப்பதற்காக UNODC வழங்கிய ஆதரவு குறித்தும் சுருக்கமாக விளக்கப்பட்டது.

நாட்டிற்கு உறுதியான நன்மைகளை வழங்கும் அதிநவீன உபகரணங்களின் ஆதரவுடன் பொருத்தமான தொழில்நுட்பத்தை பரிமாற்றம் செய்து, போதைப்பொருள் கடத்தல் மற்றும் ஏனைய கடல்சார் குற்றங்களை எதிர்த்துப் போராடுவதில் உள்நாட்டுத் திறனை வளர்த்துக் கொள்வதற்கு இலங்கைக்கு விரிவான நீண்ட கால ஆதரவு அவசியமாகும் என வெளிவிவகார செயலாளர் ரவினாத ஆரியசிங்க வலியுறுத்தினார். இலங்கையின் தலைமையிலான கடல்சார் காவல் மற்றும் பாதுகாப்பு தொடர்பான இந்து சமுத்திர விளிம்பு சங்கத்தின் (IORA) செயற்குழுவின் மூலமாக, குறிப்பாக இந்து சமுத்திர கடல்சார் காவல் மற்றும் பாதுகாப்புக்கான களத்திலான இலங்கையின் தற்போதைய வலிமையை UNODC யின் ஆதரவு அதிகரிக்கச் செய்துள்ளது என செயலாளர் மேலும் குறிப்பிட்டார்.

ஜனாதிபதியால் மீண்டும் வலியுறுத்தப்பட்டுள்ள வகையில், நடுநிலையை மையமாகக் கொண்ட அரசாங்கத்தின் வெளியுறவுக் கொள்கை, அனைத்து நாடுகளுடனும் இணைந்து செயற்படுதல் மற்றும் இலங்கை ஒரு வலுவான கடல் கொள்கையைத் தொடருவதற்கு தயாராக உள்ளமை போன்றன தொடர்பில் அமைச்சர் கவனத்தை ஈர்த்தார்.

2018 அக்டோபரில் நடைபெற்ற ‘இந்து சமுத்திரம்: எமது எதிர்காலத்தை வரையறுத்தல்’ தொடர்பான தடம் 1.5 மாநாடு மற்றும் 2019 ஆகஸ்டில் நடைபெற்ற கடல்சார் காவல் மற்றும் பாதுகாப்பு தொடர்பான IORA செயற்குழுவின் முதலாவது கூட்டம் ஆகியவற்றுக்கு UNODC அளித்த உதவியை அமைச்சின் சமுத்திர விவகாரங்கள், சுற்றுச்சூழல் மற்றும் காலநிலை மாற்றப் பிரிவின் பணிப்பாளர் நாயகம் ஹசந்தி திசாநாயக்க பாராட்டிய அதே வேளை, அண்மையில் நடைபெறவிருக்கும் தடம் 1 மாநாட்டிற்காக உறுதியளிக்கப்பட்டுள்ள ஆதரவையும் வரவேற்றார்.

பணிப்பாளர் கடோவுடன் UNODC கடல்சார் குற்றத் திட்டத்தின் தலைவர் எலன் கோல் மற்றும் UNODC இன் இலங்கை அலுவலகத்தைச் சேர்ந்த இரண்டு ஊழியர்கள் இணைந்திருந்த அதே வேளை, வெளிவிவகார செயலாளர் மற்றும் வெளிநாட்டு உறவுகள் அமைச்சின் சிரேஷ்ட அதிகாரிகள் இந்தக் கலந்துரையாடலில் கலந்து கொண்டனர்.

வெளிநாட்டு உறவுகள் அமைச்சு
கொழும்பு
29 நவம்பர் 2019
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STATE MINISTER SUSIL PREMAJAYANTHA REITERATES NEED TO MAINTAIN CLOSE TIES WITH NEIGHBOURING STATES

State Minister Susil Premajayantha assumed duties as the State Minister of International Cooperation on 28 November 2019 and was received by Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha and other senior officials upon his arrival at the Foreign Ministry in Colombo.

Minister Premajayantha addressing the gathering of senior officials, staff and media at the Ministry, following the assumption of duties, stated that he takes over duties as the State Minister in charge of International Cooperation at a time when President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and his government faces many challenges in addressing prevailing issues in the international sphere. The State Minister reiterated that Sri Lanka will maintain its non-aligned foreign policy and remain an independent and sovereign nation, which maintains friendly relations with all states, especially the regional states and close neighbours with whom Sri Lanka has upheld close and friendly ties over the years.

The State Minister highlighted that he is looking forward to working in close collaboration with Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, Foreign Secretary Aryasinha and the officials of the Ministry in achieving the foreign policy objectives of the country under the leadership of President Rajapaksa.

 

Ministry of Foreign Relations
Colombo
29 November 2019
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අසල්වැසි රටවල් සමඟ සමීප සබඳතා පැවැත්වීමේ අවශ්‍යතාව රාජ්‍ය අමාත්‍ය ප්‍රේමජයන්ත මහතා අවධාරණය කරයි

රාජ්‍ය අමාත්‍ය සුසිල් ප්‍රේමජයන්ත මහතා, ජාත්‍යන්තර සහයෝගීතා රාජ්‍ය අමාත්‍යවරයා වශයෙන් 2019 නොවැම්බර් 28 වැනි දින සිය රාජකාරි භාරගත් අතර එතුමා කොළඹ විදේශ සබඳතා අමාත්‍යාංශයට පැමිණි අවස්ථාවේ දී විදේශ ලේකම් රවිනාථ ආර්යසිංහ මහතා හා ජ්‍යෙෂ්ඨ නිලධාරීන් විසින් එතුමාව පිළිගන්නා ලදී.

අමාත්‍ය ප්‍රේමජයන්ත මහතා රාජකාරී භාරගැනීමෙන් අනතුරුව, එහි රැස්ව සිටි ජ්‍යෙෂ්ඨ නිලධාරීන්, කාර්ය මණ්ඩලය හා මාධ්‍ය අමතමින්, ජාත්‍යන්තර තලයේ පවත්නා ගැටලුවලට විසඳුම් සෙවීමේ දී ජනාධිපති ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මැතිතුමා හා එතුමාගේ රජය අභියෝග රැසකට මුහුණ පා සිටින අවධියක ජාත්‍යන්තර සහයෝගීතාව භාර රාජ්‍ය අමාත්‍යවරයා වශයෙන් තමා රාජකාරි භාරගන්නා බව ප්‍රකාශ කළේය. ශ්‍රී ලංකාව, එහි නොබැදි විදේශ ප්‍රතිපත්තිය අනුගමනය කරන බවත් සියලුම රටවල් සමඟ, විශේෂයෙන්, ශ්‍රී ලංකාව වසර ගණනාවක් පුරා දිගින් දිගටම සමීප හා මිත්‍ර සබඳතා පවත්වාගෙන ගොස් ඇති කළාපීය රටවල් හා සමීප අසල්වාසී රටවල් සමඟ මිත්‍ර සබඳතා පවත්වන නිදහස් හා ස්වෛරී රටක් වශයෙන් කටයුතු කරන බවත් රාජ්‍ය අමාත්‍යවරයා මෙහිදී පුන පුනා ප්‍රකාශ කළේය.

ජනාධිපති රාජපක්ෂ මැතිතුමාගේ නායකත්වය යටතේ, ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ විදේශ ප්‍රතිපත්ති අරමුණු සාක්ෂාත් කර ගැනීමෙහිලා, විදේශ අමාත්‍ය දිනේෂ් ගුණවර්ධන මහතා, විදේශ ලේකම්  ආර්යසිංහ මහතා හා අමාත්‍යාංශයේ නිලධාරීන් සමඟ සමීප සහයෝගීතාවයෙන් යුතුව කටයුතු කිරීමට රාජ්‍ය අමාත්‍යවරයා අපේක්ෂා කරන බව අවධාරණය කළේය.

විදේශ සබඳතා අමාත්‍යාංශය
කොළඹ
2019 නොවැම්බර් 29
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ஊடக வெளியீடு

அண்டை நாடுகளுடன் நெருக்கமான உறவைப் பேண வேண்டிய அவசியம் குறித்து இராஜாங்க அமைச்சர் சுசில் பிரேமஜயந்த மீண்டும் வலியுறுத்தினார்
இராஜாங்க அமைச்சர் சுசில் பிரேமஜயந்த சர்வதேச ஒத்துழைப்புக்கான இராஜாங்க அமைச்சராக தனது கடமைகளை 2019 நவம்பர் 28 ஆந் திகதி பொறுப்பேற்றுக்கொண்டதுடன், அவர் கொழும்பிலுள்ள வெளிநாட்டு உறவுகள் அமைச்சுக்கு வருகை தந்த போது வெளிவிவகார செயலாளர் ரவிநாத ஆரியசிங்க மற்றும் ஏனைய சிரேஷ்ட அதிகாரிகளால் வரவேற்கப்பட்டார்.

தனது கடமைகளை ஏற்றுக்கொண்டதைத் தொடர்ந்து, அமைச்சின் சிரேஷ்ட அதிகாரிகள், ஊழியர்கள் மற்றும் ஊடகங்களுடனான சந்திப்பின் போது உரையாற்றிய அமைச்சர் பிரேமஜயந்த, ஜனாதிபதி கோத்தாபய ராஜபக்ஷவும் அவரது அரசாங்கமும் சர்வதேச அரங்கில் நிலவும் பிரச்சினைகளுக்கு தீர்வு காண்பதில் பல சவால்களை எதிர்கொள்ளும் தருணத்தில், தான் சர்வதேச ஒத்துழைப்புக்குப் பொறுப்பான இராஜாங்க அமைச்சராக கடமைகளை பொறுப்பேற்றுக்கொள்வதாகக் குறிப்பிட்டார். இலங்கை அதன் அணிசேரா வெளியுறவுக் கொள்கையைப் பேணுவதுடன், அனைத்து அரசுகளுடனும், குறிப்பாக பிராந்திய அரசுகள் மற்றும் பல ஆண்டுகளாக இலங்கை நெருக்கமான மற்றும் நட்பு ரீதியான உறவுகளை நிலைநிறுத்திய நெருங்கிய அண்டை நாடுகள் ஆகியவற்றுடன் நட்புறவைப் பேணுகின்ற ஒரு சுயாதீனமான மற்றும் இறையாண்மை கொண்ட நாடாக விளங்கும் என இராஜாங்க அமைச்சர் மீண்டும் வலியுறுத்தினார்.

ஜனாதிபதி ராஜபக்ஷ அவர்களின் தலைமையில் நாட்டின் வெளியுறவுக் கொள்கை நோக்கங்களை அடைவதில் வெளிநாட்டு உறவுகள் அமைச்சர் தினேஷ் குணவர்த்தன, வெளிவிவகார செயலாளர் ஆரியசிங்க மற்றும் அமைச்சின் அதிகாரிகளுடன் நெருக்கமான ஒத்துழைப்புடன் பணியாற்ற எதிர்பார்ப்பதாக இராஜாங்க அமைச்சர் குறிப்பிட்டார்.

வெளிநாட்டு உறவுகள் அமைச்சு
கொழும்பு
29 நவம்பர் 2019

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MINISTER DINESH GUNAWARDENA CALLS ON FOREIGN MINISTRY OFFICIALS TO RISE TO NEW CHALLENGES

Minister of Foreign Relations Dinesh Gunawardena assumed duties at the Foreign Ministry on Monday 25 November 2019.

Minister Gunawardena was received by Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha and other senior officials upon his arrival at the Ministry. Following religious observances, the Minister officially assumed duties.

Later, the Foreign Minister who addressed the staff, remarked that the Foreign Service is highly regarded. The Minister stressed that the entire country is looking towards the Foreign Ministry to find solutions for external pressures and challenges. Hence, it is necessary for the officers in the Ministry and the network of missions to work dedicatedly towards overcoming these challenges.  He also stated that President Rajapaksa’s vision is for Sri Lanka to be safe and secure; leading the country towards a prosperous future. He further stated that in achieving these objectives, a single agency cannot work alone, but must work in unison with other institutions, and hence the role of the Foreign Ministry is vital in this aspect.

Welcoming the Minister, Foreign Secretary Aryasinha, said over the past months efforts had been made to institute efficient mechanisms to achieve foreign policy objectives, which could be evaluated through measurable targets and key performance indicators. Recalling that  Minister Gunawardena has always stood for Sri Lanka Foreign Service officers to be given priority in serving in foreign capitals, Secretary Aryasinha said the ratio of career diplomats heading Sri Lanka missions overseas has increased from 37% a year ago, to 58%.

The Minister pledged his fullest support to the Ministry and its officials and called on all staff members to work as a team in fulfilling the foreign policy objectives outlined by the Head of State.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Colombo
26 November 2019

 

 

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The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Warsaw Participates in the 27th International Travel Show – TT Warsaw 2019

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Warsaw in association with the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotional Bureau participated in the 27th International Travel Show – TT Warsaw 2019, which was held from 21 to 23 November 2019 in the Palace of Culture and Science.

TT Warsaw is a major international event for the tourism industry, focused on establishing commercial and business contacts with businesses from Poland and abroad. The event offers an exceptional opportunity for countries around the world to showcase as tourist destinations, and also to promote Poland’s tourism potential on the international stage.

 Sri Lanka was represented by 15 leading tour companies: Tropical Asia Tours (Pvt) Ltd, Kanwel Holidays, Ayubowan Tours & Travels, Golden Isle Travels (Pvt) Ltd, Asian Escapes, Jetwing Travels, Jetwing Hotels, Riff Hikkaduwa, Crystal Holidays, Aitken Spence Travels, Ceylon My Dream, Holiday Concepts, DUS Lanka Travels, NKAR Travels, E-Turismo Lanka.

The Sri Lankan stand at the TT Warsaw was inaugurated by Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Poland, C.A.H.M Wijeratne, by lightning the traditional oil lamp. Embassy officials, Ms. Sarangi Thilakasena, Representative of the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau and representatives of the Sri Lankan Travel companies/tour operators participated in the ceremonial opening at the Sri Lankan stand.

The Sri Lanka Tourism Promotional Bureau along with the Sri Lankan and Polish Travel companies and tour operators, promoted tour packages for Sri Lanka. Many visitors frequented the Sri Lankan stand and inquired about interesting sites and activities in the country. Tourist brochures in Polish and English showcasing Sri Lanka’s heritage, scenery, wildlife and festival were distributed among the visitors. Tea was also promoted at the fair and large crowds gathered at the stand to taste a cup of “Ceylon Tea”.

Sri Lankan Cultural dance performance and A video of Sri Lanka’s beauty was continuously played during the 3-day fair.

The improvement of the economic status of the Poles and their curiosity about the world are sparking interest in travel and tourism. Nearly 40 million of the population that has expressed this interest has triggered a revival of domestic travel agencies, which are welcoming foreign business partners and expanding outbound travel offers.

Embassy of Sri Lanka

Warsaw

11/25/2019

 

 

President-Assums-Duties

President Rajapaksa assumes duties.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa assumed duties as the 7th Executive President of Sri Lanka at the Presidential Secretariat today (19).

The President assumed duties following religious observances and the event was attended by former president Maithripala Sirisena as well.

Several political party leaders including Prof. G. L. Peiris, Dinesh Gunawardane, Douglas Devananda, Wimal Weerawansa, Vasudeva Nanayakkara, Prof. Tissa Witharana and Members of Parliament, Bandula Gunawardane, Dayasiri Jayasekera, Gamini Lokuge, Mahinda Yapa Abeywardane, Keheliya Rambukwella, former Secretaries to the Presidents, Lalith Weeratunga and Udaya Seneviratne, new Secretaries Dr. P. B. Jayasundara, Major General Kamal Gunaratne, and S. R. Attygalle and former Defnce Secretary Major General Shantha Kottegoda were also present on this occasion.

New-President

New President sworn-in

The winner of the 2019 Presidential Election, SLPP candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa sworn in as the 7th Executive President of Sri Lanka today (November 18) in Anuradhapura. He took oaths before Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya.

Secretary to the President Udaya R Seniviratne read out the proclamation declaring Mr Gotabaya Rajapaksa as the President. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa were also present on this occasion.

Addressing the nation after the formal swearing-in ceremony at MahaMaluwa of Ruwanweli Maha Seya, President Rajapaksa thanked everyone who voted for his victory and welcomed the minor communities in the country to join hands with him to work towards the prosperity of the nation.

He said he will lead the country based on the Buddhist philosophy which upholds principles of equality and justice. While providing the state sponsorship to safeguard the traditional heritage of the nation he said he will take measures to protect the rights of the civilians to live in peace and reconciliation.

Furthermore he said that the time has come to work as a one force to build the nation and a people-centric government is a prerequisite to achieve this objective. The national security would be the top most priority and the state security mechanism will be strengthened to protect our Motherland.

Elaboration on his foreign policy, President Rajapaksa said that “We want to remain neutral in our foreign relations and stay out of any conflicts among the world powers”.

“We will have our fullest commitment to achieve the sustainable development goals of the UN”.

“The Government should always set an example to the society. Professionalism and efficiency should be the cornerstone of government of administrations. Meritocracy and technocracy should be promoted all times, corruption will be never tolerate under my administration”.

He called on other nations to respect the sovereignty of Sri Lanka.

The recently concluded elections saw the beginning of a new political culture in this country and the examples set would be continued in future activities of the government.

The new President highlighted the importance of using the modern technology in every aspect of the governance.

President Rajapaksa further said he would form a new government soon to carry out his policies.

He said it is his responsibility to serve every community in this country. No challenge is insurmountable if we work together.

“I love my country. I am proud of my country. I have a vision for my country. Hence, I called on everyone to join me in this journey,” he said.

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Sri Lankan Community in Poland Celebrated the Deepavali Festival

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Warsaw, together with the Sri Lankan community in Poland celebrated the Deepavali festival at the Embassy on 26th October 2019. 

The traditional oil lamp was lit by the Ambassador followed by a program of Hindu rituals and Religious observances held with offering flowers, preaching Hindu slogans and burning incense to the Ganapathi Statue. After the Hindu religious observances, the gathering was joined with lighting candles. Everyone wished each other harmony, happiness, peace, and which represents the triumph of light over darkness.

The event was concluded with the dinner arranged by the Embassy.

 

 

 Embassy of Sri Lanka

Warsaw

28/10/2019