Statement by Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, Minister of Foreign Affairs following bilateral talks with Hon. Julie Bishop, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Australia on 19th July 2017 in Colombo
Your Excellency Julie Bishop, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Australia,
His Excellency Bryce Hutchesson, High Commissioner of Australia,
Distinguished Delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is with great pleasure I extend a warm welcome to Hon. Julie Bishop, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Australia to Sri Lanka. The visit is significant, since it coincides with the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and Australia.
The Global Ceylon Tea Party celebrating the 150th anniversary of Ceylon Tea got underway on 6th July with the first party in the Pacific region being held in Canberra at the Sri Lanka High Commission.
Specially identified Tea businesses, Tea traders, travel writers & firms and selected academics, officials, diplomats were invited to this unique event.
A sincere THANK YOU to all those who have responded to our appeal and contributed generously towards relief assistance to the thousands of people affected by floods and landslides in Sri Lanka.
Some of you have donated through direct bank transfer to the High Commission account and some of those donations remain anonymous.
Over 100 lives have been lost while 61,000 families have been rendered homeless due to heavy monsoon rains, in Sri Lanka over the past few days, resulting in floods and landslides. The districts of Kegalle, Rathnapura, Kalutara, Gampaha, Matara, Hambantota, Galle, Matale, Colombo, Kandy, Batticaloa, Trincomalee, Vavuniya, Mullaitivu have been the worst affected.
The Emergency Response Unit of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is coordinating rescue and relief measure in consultation with the Government’s Disaster Management Centre. Read More »
1. Australia and Sri Lanka have built a strong and enduring relationship since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1947. Underpinning this friendship are strong historical ties, common values and many shared interests – including a commitment to democracy, the rule-of-law, and support for a stable, liberal rules-based international order.
Vesak celebrations at the Sri Lanka High Commission in Canberra commenced on Vesak Full Moon Poya Day with alms offered to the resident monks of the Canberra Sri Lanka Buddhist Vihara at the High Commission. On Saturday 13th May Vesak Bhakthi Gee were presented by the High Commission staff.
Saturday programme included blessings invoked by the venerable monks followed by Bhakthi Gee, where all staff of the High Commission took part.
The Sri Lanka High Commission in Canberra, Australia provides Consular services to persons residing in Australia and countries of accreditation which include New Zealand, Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu.
For telephone inquiries for the following Consular Services, call between 9:00 am and 12.30 pm - Mondays to Fridays.
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- Dual Citizenship
- Registration of Birth
- Registration of Deaths
- Registration of Marriages
- Applications for Police Clearance and Child AdoptionProcedures
- Sri Lankan Pensions
- Other Consular Srvices
The Sri Lanka High Commission in Canberra will provide extended Consular Services on Saturdays upon request. For Security reasons, please make an appointment prior to visiting the High Commission on Saturdays.
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