Remarks to Media by Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera following discussions with US Asst. Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal & US Asst. Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labour Tom MalinowskiMinistry of...
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mangala Samaraweera, leader of the Sri Lanka delegation, addressed the 32nd Session of the UN Human Rights Council at the presentation of the Oral Update on the...
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mangala Samaraweera, met UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein at the Palais Wilson in Geneva on 29 June 2016.
Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, Minister of Justice and Buddha Sasana, Mr. Mano Tittawella, Secretary General Secretariat for Coordinating...
Delivering the keynote address at a Briefing Session organized by the Standard and Trade Development Facility (STDF) Division of WTO held on 21st June 2016 to share Sri Lanka’s experience on the...
Independence Day Message
The 68th Anniversary of the Independence Day of Sri Lanka takes place at a time when our country is embarking on a new chapter in terms of strengthening democracy, good governance, rule of law, human rights and relations with the global community of nations.
This anniversary also coincides with the completion of the first year of the Government led by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe that is committed to pursue the twin objectives of reconciliation and development aimed at taking our nation forward as a progressive, modern democratic nation, where its rich ethnic, cultural and linguistic diversity is respected, celebrated and valued.
Sri Lanka, since time immemorial, has maintained friendly relations with all and played an important role on the global stage. In keeping with this tradition, Sri Lanka is once again re-engaging with the international community in the best interest of all her people, and has today successfully reclaimed its rightful place among the community of nations. Sri Lanka is committed to pursue a vibrant foreign policy guided by principles of diplomatic engagement and friendship with all.
At this time, I appeal to all Sri Lankans who are presently overseas as well as persons of Sri Lankan origin abroad, to continue to contribute to the economic and social development of their motherland.
Let us, on this solemn occasion of the anniversary of our Independence, rededicate ourselves to intensify our commitment to build a new, progressive and modern nation where all individuals, irrespective of their race, religion or caste, have equal rights and opportunities to fulfil their hopes and aspirations, in dignity.
Mangala Samaraweera, MP
Minister of Foreign Affairs
4th February 2016