The General Debate of the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly is scheduled to commence on the 19th of September, on the theme “Focusing on people: striving for peace and a decent life for all on a sustainable planet . President Maithripala Sirisena will address the UN General Assembly in the afternoon of 19th September. He will also participate at the opening session of the General Assembly in the morning of 19th September where the President of the United States of America, Donald Trump, is scheduled to make his first address to the United Nations.
The Indian Ocean has historically been a powerful communication channel for thespread of culture, global trade and commerce. Today, the Indian Ocean’s traditional status as a major source of livelihood is more valid than ever before, as it remains an importantinternational trade highway.
The full statement made by Minister of Foreign Affairs Ravi Karunanayake in parliament on 10th August before he resigns from his ministerial portfolio
The mainstream media in the country, websites and other social media made bald headlines about me in the last few days. Certain members of parliament too expressed different views. A no confidence motion against me has also been handed over. Therefore I thought of explaining my position to this respectable house.
Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa and his advisors, instead of working to take our country to the heights that our country could have achieved soon after the conclusion of the conflict in 2009, chose to run our country to the ground. He made our country heavily indebted on the one hand, having borrowed at exorbitantly high, commercial rates; while taking decisions that made Sri Lanka withdraw from the international stage, on the other, thus making our country and our people isolated and shunned by the world. He hides the fact that time after time, major donor countries voted against Sri Lanka at the time, in international financial institutions.
Address by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to the UN Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for Sustainable Development, United Nations, New York, 5th June 2017.
The bilateral relations between Sri Lanka and Australia, which have been extremely cordial for the last seven decades, have seen an upswing in recent years. The cooperation was extended to security sector with participation in military, air and especially naval exercises in the Indian and Pacific oceans and the two navies worked in close cooperation in combating human smuggling.
Speech by Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe, Prime Minister of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka at the 2nd Session of the Leader’s Roundtable of the Belt and Road Forum for International Co-operation, 15th May 2017 in Beijing, China
KANDY (MAHANUWARA) DECLARATION MADE AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE 14TH UNITED NATIONS VESAK DAY CELEBRATION AND CONFERENCE HELD IN SRI LANKA FROM 12TH TO 14TH MAY 2017
Whereas United Nations 14th Vesak Day Celebrations and Conference were ceremonially commenced at Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) Colombo on 12th May 2017 with the blessings of most Venerable Mahanayaka Theros in Sri Lanka and most Venerable Sangaraja Theros from overseas, members of Maha Sangha and other religious dignitaries from many parts of the world representing 72 countries, and Hon. Narendra Shri Modi, Prime Minister of Republic of India gracing the event as the Chief Guest while His Excellency Maithreepala Sirisena, the President of Sri Lanka and Hon. Ranil Wickramasinghe, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka participating the occasion; and