Annual New Year celebrations took place at Gan Sacher Ground in Jerusalem attended by a large number of Sri Lankans and invitees. Indian Ambassador H.E. Mr. Jaideep Sarkar was the Chief Guest and the Hon. Counsel of Sri Lanka in Palestine Mr. Michael Shomali, Hony. Consul of Sri Lanka in Jerusalem Mr. Ehud Rassabi, Mrs. Anat Bernistein Rich, Chairperson of Israel – Asia Chamber of Commerce were special invitees. The ceremony was full of events including "Kotta Pora" fighting on the plank with pillows, and many items that spread the entire day. Large crowed of Sri Lankans and others gathered to take part the traditions Avurudu sports and activities followed by the musical show.
Dr Chris Nonis , Sri Lankan High Commissioner to the UK, hosted a gathering in London in honour of Sri Lankan Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa. The Speaker, who is the immediate Past President of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association(CPA), was in the UK to attend the meeting of the Executive Committee of the CPA.
Australia’s Defence Minister Senator David Johnston expressed appreciation of the role played by Sri Lanka in combating people smuggling and other illegal activities and underlined Australia’s resolve to work closely with Sri Lanka in this area.
The second round of talks between India and Sri Lanka on comprehensive civil nuclear cooperation was held on 5-6 May 2014 in Colombo. The two delegations were led by senior government officials of the respective countries. The talks were held in a warm and cordial atmosphere, on the draft text of a comprehensive Agreement on Bilateral Civil Nuclear Cooperation.
Sri Lanka requested Australia’s fullest cooperation in combating terrorist financing and other activities in the region directed towards the revival of terrorism in any form, when Professor G.L. Peiris, Minister of External Affairs, met Ms. Julie Bishop, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Australia, for bilateral discussions in the Australian Parliament on Monday( 5th May 2014).