The Executive Committee Members of the US-Sri Lanka Chamber of Commerce met with the Deputy Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka in New York and assured cooperation to implement new initiatives under the Economic Diplomacy programme of the government.


The Executive Committee Members pledged to reach out to the business communities both in Sri Lanka and the US with the view to expanding the US-Sri Lanka Economic Relations particularly in the fields of trade, investment, tourism and technology transfer.  The Chamber will augment membership drives, trade show participation and focused investment promotion in the coming months.


The Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in New York celebrated the Deepavali at the Mission premises on 10th November 2015 with the participation of invitees and Mission staff.

During the event, after the lighting of oil lamps, the Deepavali messages of H.E. the President and Hon. Prime Minister were read out, followed by Sri Lankan traditional refreshments.

Among the participants were the Hony. Consul of Sri Lanka in Bahamas Mr. Ravindra Jesubatham and the students of the Masters High School, New York.  The US students were interested in learning about the traditional uses of coconut oil in Sri Lanka.  The Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in New York is concurrently accredited to Bahamas.


Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the UN

New York

10th November 2015

Minister of External Affairs Prof. G.L. Peiris held discussions with his counterpart from Sierra Leone Samura Kamara and also Minister of Foreign Affairs of Botswana Phandu Skeleman, at two separate meetings on the margins of the UNGA sessions in New York.

Minister Peiris outlined the progress made in the country following the end of the conflict, and observed that the constant and disproportionate focus on Sri Lanka by a small section of the international community, particularly through multilateral fora is unfair and unwarranted. The Minister pointed out that no other country, which had undergone a conflict situation has been subjected to such heavy pressure in addressing all the challenges within a short time span of four years. The Minister observed there were political motives behind this agenda and regretted that it has largely been driven by diaspora influence, rather than by any principled position. He added that an overwhelming majority of countries did not endorse this selective attitude towards Sri Lanka.

Prime Minister of Barbados looks forward to attending Colombo CHOGM

During an interaction with External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris on the margins of the UNGA sessions in New York, Foreign Minister of Barbados Maxine McClean confirmed that the Prime Minister of Barbados will participate at CHOGM 2013 in Sri Lanka. Welcoming the Barbados delegation, Minister G.L. Peiris noted that the programme for CHOGM has been arranged in a manner to enable participants to experience other parts of the country. In this context he explained that the Commonwealth Youth Forum and the meeting between Business leaders and Heads of Government are being held in Hambantota in a bid to take the Commonwealth to the people. Explaining the Government’s vision towards creating an aviation, shipping and knowledge hub in Sri Lanka, Minister Peiris added that Hambantota presented much potential in this regard given the newly opened international airport and deep water port.

External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L Peiris met UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson and Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltmanat in two separate meetings on the sidelines of the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly today, in New York.

At these meetings welcoming the observation by the UN officials that the Northern Provincial Council Elections having attracted an impressive voter turn-out, and being free and fair, Minister Peiris stated that holding it after a lapse of 24 years itself is a triumph. He said that the TNA is now called upon to discharge their responsibilities to the voters. The Minister recalled that some of the references in the TNA manifesto linked to sensitive political issues were unfortunate and underscored that the need of the hour is to exercise restraint and move towards reconciliation. He added that glorification through TNA statements of a terrorist leader who has been condemned worldwide for atrocities against humanity would not augur well to begin this journey of governance. He also said that the government is prepared to work with the newly elected Council and the political processes have now fully commenced.

Template Settings


For each color, the params below will be given default values
Blue Oranges Red


Background Color
Text Color


Background Color


Background Color


Background Color


Background Color


Select menu
Google Font
Body Font-size
Body Font-family