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Human Rights Watch issues a warning about Sri Lanka

Respect for fundamental human rights in Sri Lanka is in serious jeopardy following the election of Gotabaya Rajapaksa as President in November 2019, Human Rights Watch says in its World Report 2020.


Gotabaya says he admires Chinese President Xi

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has declared himself to be a great admirer of Chinese leader Xi Jing Ping when he met the visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi yesterday,


Russia, SL to boost trade to USD 700 mn, strengthen defence & economic ties

Sri Lanka and Russia will work towards boosting bilateral trade up to USD 700 million, the two countries' foreign affairs ministers said.


Azerbaijan tragedy: Remains of Lankan students to be repatriated

Postmortems of the three Sri Lankan university students who died in a fire in Azerbaijan last Thursday have been completed, the Foreign Ministry said.


Russian and US envoys arrive in Colombo Monday

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov arrives here tomorrow Jan 13, for a two-day visit during which time he is scheduled to have meetings with the President, Prime Minister and Foreign Relations Minister of Sri Lanka.


JVP asks President to abolish SOFA, ACSA as tensions rise in Middle East

The JVP formally requested President Gotabaya Rajapaksa today to abolish the SOFA and ACSA pacts entered into with the United States government.


S’pore Law & Home Affairs Minister calls on Prez, discusses cyber security, hate speech laws

Visiting Singapore Law & Home Affairs Minister Kasiviswanathan Shanmugam met President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday.


Foreign Minister to fly to India tomorrow

Minister of Foreign Relations Dinesh Gunawardena will take wing for India tomorrow for an official two-day visit.


Sri Lanka deeply concerned over Middle East tensions

Sri Lanka has expressed concern over what it called growing tensions in the Middle East following the assassination of Iranian military leader Qassem Soleimani.


Russian FM Lavrov here next week

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov will be in Sri Lanka on an official two-day visit on the 13th and the 14th of January 2020, the government announced today.


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