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Shavendra appointment “sovereign decision” – MFA

Facing widespread international and domestic opprobrium at the appointment of Lt General Shavendra Silva as Army Commander the Sri Lankan government is hitting back saying the move is a “sovereign decision by a Head of State.”


Three new women envoys is a sign of Women’s Empowerment – President

President Maithripala Sirisena stated that the fact that all three newly appointed envoys to Norway, United Kingdom and Netherlands are women of outstanding achievements, is a proud sign of women empowerment.


EU to offer Eur 8.5 mn to Sri Lanka

The European Commission (EC) has allocated 8.5 million euros to support Sri Lanka to prevent extremism, build community resilience and promote peace and tolerance.


Higher number of Career diplomats as Heads of missions

The number of Career Diplomats appointed as Heads of Missions has risen to more than half, a Press Release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs says.


Sushma Swaraj a true friend of Lanka – PM

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has offered his condolences on the passing away of former Indian Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj calling her a “true friend and neighbour” of Sri Lanka.


President off to Cambodia

President Maithripala Sirisena will pay a visit to Cambodia from today 7 Aug to 10th of August 2019.


Buddhist-majority Ladakh’s statehood India’s internal matter – Sri Lanka PM

Weighing in on the Indian government's controversial decision to repeal Article 370 of the Indian Constitution, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe appeared to cautiously welcome the Buddhist-majority Ladakh region being granted Union Territory status.


ASEAN Forum condemns Easter attacks

Sri Lanka is calling for a concerted regional effort to combat “non-traditional security concerns,” such as terrorism, violent extremism and cyber-crime. Addressing the 26th session of the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) last week in Bangkok, Thailand, Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana stressed the necessity for global efforts to counter these threats, according to a Press Release issued by […]


Four Indian fishermen arrested in Sri Lankan waters

The Navy arrested four Indian fishermen for poaching in Sri Lankan territorial waters yesterday (25 July).


UK awaiting more info from SL on human remains found in waste containers

The British Government has officially sought information from Sri Lankan authorities into the alleged discovery of human remains in shipping containers sent to Sri Lanka from the UK.


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