President addresses the General Debate of the 76th Session of the General Assembly of the UN (New York, 21-27 September 2021)

Statement by H.E. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka at the General Debate of the Seventy-Sixth Session of the United Nations General Assembly 22 September 2021

Mr. President,
Secretary General,
Ladies and Gentlemen,


I am honoured to represent Sri Lanka at this august gathering today. Read More »

The Foreign Ministers of Sri Lanka and Australia meet on the eve of the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly

Foreign Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris met his Australian counterpart Marise Payne in New York and discussed avenues for enhanced cooperation on a wide spectrum of areas. Foreign Minister Payne conveyed the warm greetings of the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison to his Sri Lankan counterpart and stated that the Prime Minister is personally interested in the preparations for the upcoming celebrations to mark the 75th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. Read More »

Foreign Minister Prof. G. L Peiris discusses Strengthening Mutual Cooperation with Australia

Foreign Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris at a courtesy call paid by the High Commissioner of Australia David Holly on 25 August 2021, discussed avenues for advancing bilateral relations with Australia across multiple fields of mutual interest. Read More »

Calling Application for “Foreign Students and Students with Foreign Qualifications” academic year 2021/2022

Enrollment of Foreign Students and Students with Foreign Qualifications as Day Scholars for Degree Programmes at General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) of Sri Lanka  – Academic Year 2021/2022.

General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University of Sri Lanka has initiated action to enroll Foreign Students and Students with Foreign Qualifications from other countries and from the expatriate Sri Lankan Community to follow undergraduate programmes at the KDU for the academic year 2021/2022.

Details of the available programmes are included in the annexed brochure and university website on

Application of the prospective candidates are to be forwarded to Deputy Registrar, General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University, Ratmalana, 10390, Sri Lanka on or before  31st  October, 2021. 


Sri Lanka High Commission, Canberra

24 August 2021


The newly appointed Foreign Minister Prof. G.L Peiris assumed duties at the Ministry today (18 August, 2021) at a simple ceremony graced by outgoing Foreign Minister and the new Minister of Education Dinesh Gunawardena;State Minister of Regional Cooperation Tharaka Balasuriya; State Minister of Women and Child Development, Preschools & Primary Education, School Infrastructure & Education Services Piyal Nishantha De Silva; …. Read More »

Sri Lanka High Commission in Canberra celebrates Eid

The Sri Lanka High Commission celebrated EID – UL – ADHA with the Sri Lankan Muslim community in Canberra, on Saturday, 31 July 2021 at the High Commission premises.

Eid, which is a sacred event, celebrated every year by Muslims all over the world was held this year at the High Commission as an outdoor event following COVID-19 safety guidelines. Read More »

The message of H.E. Gotabaya Rajapaksa President of Sri Lanka on the Occasion of Hajj

The Hajj festival is a spiritual celebration that displays the spirit of mutual understanding, compassion and exchange of fond greetings among the Islam devotees the world over. I believe this is also a significant period in which the Muslim community bestows their traditions upon the future generation.

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s special address to the nation

The Most Venerable Maha Sangha, religious leaders of other faiths, Sri Lankan Brothers and Sisters, Friends and Dear Children,

Covid-19 global pandemic is the most serious challenge at this juncture not only for our country but also for each and every country irrespective of their development status. About 180 million people worldwide have contracted the virus while nearly 3.9 million people have died from it so far.

The developed countries, which initially suffered severely from coronavirus, have largely contained the risk of virus spread today since the majority of the population has been vaccinated. Although some vaccine-producing countries have easy access to the vaccine, there are others that have so far failed to secure any vaccine to their people.

I took special efforts in the recent past to bring down vaccines to Sri Lanka. I personally spoke to the Heads of State in countries like China and India. I also made requests by letters. I personally wrote letters to the Heads of State of Russia and other countries. We held discussions with vaccine-producing countries through our Foreign Ministry and through the Ambassadors and High Commissioners. Our officials coordinated with vaccine manufacturing companies.

All these efforts were made because I wanted to vaccinate all the people in our country.
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