According to the records of archaeologists, Katchatheevu Island had emerged from water over 115,000 to 130,000 years ago. The Portuguese had first administered this island during their reign in the Island nation and Sri Lanka has been exercising sovereignty and jurisdiction over Katchatheevu and its adjacent waters without interruption. The church on the island is said to be built in early 1900s, dedicated to St. Anthony who is considered to be the Patron Saint of fishermen.
Joint statement made by the Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Turnbull and Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Ranil Wickremesinghe
1. Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe, Prime Minister of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka paid an official visit to Australia from 13 -17 February 2017 at the invitation of Hon. Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia, accompanied by Hon. Wijith Wijayamuni Zoysa, Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Management, Hon. Arjuna Ranatunga, Minister of Ports and Shipping and Hon. (Dr). Harsha de Silva, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Remarks by Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Foreign Affairs at the Round Table Discussion on 'Sri Lanka’s Peace and Reconciliation Process' at Institute for Security and Development Policy, Stockholm
• I am honored to have the opportunity to speak at the Institute for Security and Development Policy (ISDP), one of the leading think tanks of Sweden. It is also a great pleasure to be back in the historic city of Stockholm. Nearly 22 years ago, I visited your beautiful city in an earlier incarnation as the Minister of Telecommunications of Sri Lanka. Today I feel fortunate to be here once again when the guns and the bombs have finally fallen silent and Sri Lanka following a new political trajectory.