State Minister of Foreign Affairs Vasantha Senanayake undertook an official visit to Belgium, Luxembourg and the European Union from 13th to 18th December 2017. He started the visit by attending the plenary sessions of the European Parliament in Strasbourg on 13th and 14th December 2017 where he met with European Parliamentarians representing the major political groups.
In commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and Nepal, the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Nepal together with the Buddhist Monastery Association of Lalitpur organized a Special Program with Speakers at the Hotel Himalaya on Tuesday, 19th December 2017.
On Wednesday, December 20, 2017, Ministry of Science and ICT and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as a part of ODA business, held a ceremony with Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC) and Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) for better conditions of broadcasting environment by donating Media Assets Management and Digital Audio Archiving System.
At the Annual General Meeting of the Canada – Sri Lanka Friendship Group in the Federal Parliament held on 13th December 2017, the following were elected. Chair: Yasmin Ratansi, M.P., Co-Chair: Senator Salma Ataullahjan, Vice Chair: Ramesh Sangha, Vice-Chair: Terry Duguid, Executive Members: Ali Ehsassi Treasurer, Tom Kmiec, Irene Mathyssen, Kelly Mc Cauley, Robert-Falcon Ouellette, Ruby Sahota.
The 16th Meeting of States Parties to the Anti - Personnel Mines Ban Convention welcomed Sri Lanka on Monday 18th December 2017 as the newly joined 163rd State Party to the Convention, following the depositing of the Instrument of Accession on 13th December 2017 in New York.
For the promotion of the economic growth and reduce poverty, creating more stable, secure country with new business opportunities abroad, , the U.S. Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Board of Directors decided to reselects Sri Lanka for Its grant program, at meeting held Yesterday.
Sri Lanka is placing its name on the global map as a sought-after destination by various international news feature reviews, as Eurasia review mentioned Sri Lanka as the most sought-after destination in Asia with reference to the 2018 Virtuoso Luxe –Australian report.
The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Amman participated in the annual Bazaar organized by the royal family of Jordan. An elegant stall, flanked by Sri Lankan paraphernalia, was put up by the Embassy for the 8th successive year, to promote varieties of Sri Lankan export products in Jordan.
After nearly two decades of continued battle for its survival, the handloom sector of Sri Lanka has finally turned around. The change was marked on 15th December by the felicitation of a handloom veteran and by the issuance of the first commemorative postal stamp for Lankan handlooms in Colombo, Ministry of Industry and Commerce said.
The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Lebanon participated in the Diplomatic Spouses’ Association of Lebanon (DSAL) International Charity Bazaar held in Beirut recently. This was the third time that the Sri Lankan Mission participated in this annual charity bazaar.