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Italy and Sri Lanka sign bilateral Agreement on Labour Migration

PictureThe Minister of Labour and Social Policies, Maurizio Sacconi, has met today at the Ministry, the Minister of Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare of the Republic of Sri Lanka, Hon. Dilan Perera.

The central point of the meeting was the excellent relations existing between the two countries in the sectors of competence, of which the presence in Italy of over 81 thousand fully integrated persons is the positive evidence.

In the area of growing bilateral collaboration, the two Ministers have signed an Agreement in the field of migration for work reasons. This Agreement will introduce innovations useful to the improvement of the mechanisms of collaboration in the field of training, in the field of circular migration, and interventions for the complete integration of the community of Sri Lankan workers in Italy.


Commemoration of the Day of Vesak and 2600th Sambuddha Jayanthi at FAO Headquarters, Rome

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12009o6404A commemoration of the Day of Vesak was held at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Rome, on 3rd June 2011.

In keeping with the UN Resolution of 8th February 2000, recognizing the significance of the Day of Vesak as the most sacred day to Buddhists all over the world, as it marks the birth, the enlightenment and the passing away of the Lord Buddha, the Day of Vesak was first commemorated at the FAO in the year 2004. Since then the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the FAO in Rome has been organizing Vesak commemorative events in FAO for the last few years.

This year's event was jointly organized by the Embassy of Sri Lanka and the Royal Thai Embassy in Rome and was marked by its special significance given the historical milestone of the 2600thSambuddhaJayanthi, Anniversary of the Enlightenment of the Buddha, celebrated worldwide to commemorate the message of goodwill, tolerance and peace enunciated in Buddhism.


Sri Lanka and Italy sign the Agreement for Mutual Recognition of Driving Licences


The Governments of Sri Lanka and Italy on Friday (20th May) signed the Bilateral Agreement for the Mutual Recognition of Driving Licences in each others’ territories.

Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Italy, Mr. Hemantha Warnakulasuriya PC, signed the Agreement on behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy this (20thMay) evening. The Government of Italy was represented by Ambassador and Minister Andrea Perugini Head of Global Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy.

Speaking at the ceremony for the Exchange of Notes, Ambassador Warnakulasuriya expressed Sri Lanka’s warm and sincere gratitude to the Government of Italy for its partnership for the realization of this agreement, which is significantly one of the first among non-European countries and Italy.

He observed that the agreement signified the warm and productive nature of the Italy-Sri Lanka relationship and noted the immense benefit that would accrue to the Sri Lankan expatriate community and their further successful integration into Italian society. Ambassador Warnakulasuriya characterized Italy’s relationship with Sri Lanka as the friendliest in the European sector and said the present agreement is symbolic of this friendship.

In his remarks, Italy’s Ambassador Andrea Perugini re-iterated that this agreement - one of the first among non-European countries with Italy -  is symbolic of the excellent, warm bi-lateral relationship between Sri Lanka and Italy. While expressing Italy’s continuing desire to strengthen this relationship, Ambassador Perugini expressed his warm sentiments to Ambassador Warnakulasuriya for the fine contribution he has made during his tenure for the strengthening of the bilateral engagement.

The Agreement signed on Friday will facilitate - within a transparent, predictable and legal process - the acquisition of a valid licence to drive in Italian territory by those Sri Lankans who are in possession of a driving licence and who have been resident in Italy for a period of less than 4 years at the time of application and having obtained the Sri Lankan driving licence prior to acquisition of residence in Italy.


WFP announces Emergency Food Assistance to Sri Lanka

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United Nations World Food Programme announces Emergency Assistance to Sri Lanka for early recovery for the population affected by the flood in Eastern part of Sri Lanka

As a response to the requests made by the Government of Sri Lanka through Sri Lanka Embassy in Rome, the Director General of Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and UN World Food Programme (UNWFP) announced on 11th February 2011 that both organizations have jointly approved an emergency food assistance package for Sri Lanka under their Emergency Operation programme.


Italian Government to dispatch relief assistance by special Air Cargo flight on Thursday

Token_handing_overThe Italian Government will dispatch on Thursday(27 Jan) relief assistance to the flood-affected in Sri Lanka. A special cargo aircraft will leave Italy in early hours of tomorrow with the relief goods valued at over SLRs. 27 million.

Sri Lanka's Ambassador in Rome Mr.  Hemantha WARNAKULASURIYA accepted a token of the assistance from Minister Plenipotentiary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mr. Mario SAMMARTINO  today, Wednesday 26 in Rome.
At the token handing-over, Mr. SAMMARTINO affirmed that Italian assistance is a recognition  of the goodwill and the excellent bi-lateral relations between Italy and Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka's Ambassador in Rome receiving the token of the assistance conveyed Sri Lanka's deep appreciation for the Italian assistance and said the assistance will a make significant impact in providing relief to those affected by the catastrophic floods in Sri Lanka.  He recalled with gratitude the consistent support and assistance of the Italian government in times of great need including the valuable assistance for tsunami recovery.  This generosity symbolizes the warmth and generous goodwill Italy extends to Sri Lanka, he said.

The special aircraft containing the relief assistance will arrive in Sri Lanka late evening on Thursday, 27th January The goods being dispatched are those which are re-usable in future emergency situations as well. The goods include inflatable boats, multi-purpose tents, safety jackets, diesel generators, water tanks, water purification units, blankets and emergency food items etc.

Sri Lanka's Ambassador in Rome Mr. Hemantha Warnakulasuriya (Right) receiving on 26th January 2011 the token of the Italian Relief Assistance from Minister Plenipotentiary of the Italian Foreign Ministry Mr. Mario Sammartino (Centre).   Mr. Stefano Taliani (Left) of the General Directorate of the Development Cooperation is also in the picture.





17th January 2010

Off Madagal

02 Indian fishing boats with 08 Indian fishermen onboard drifted ashore due to non availability of fuel. Provided them with meals & sufficient amount of fuel to reach India on 17th January 2010.


07th March 2010

4.5 NM South of Delft

Rescued one Indian fisherman who had fallen over board. Provided him with medical treatment and food. Subsequently fisherman handed over on 17th March 2010 to authorities in order to repatriate.


13th March 2010

5.8 NM Off


Arrangements made to tow disabled Indian fishing trawler with 05 fishermen onboard in Sri Lankan waters, to safety on 14th March 2010.


22nd July 2010

Off Pallimunai

02 sunken Indian fishing trawlers were salvaged utilizing naval divers and expertise. Repairs carried out and transferred to India safely on 20th October 2010.


02nd November 2010

Northwest of Delft

Rescued 03 Indian trawlers with 11 fishermen onboard, whilst drifting due to an engine failure. Provide assistance for  repairs and handed over trawlers with fishermen to ICGS safely on 09th November 2010.


05th December 2010


[800 meters  from beach  North of  Delft ]

Indian fishing trawler with 03 fishermen onboard ran aground and capsized.  Fishermen were rescued, provided with food and medical treatment. Repatriated on 23rd December 2010 safely.


27th December  2010

Off Mathagal

Indian fishing dhow with 04 fishermen onboard was rescued whilst drifting due to an engine failure. Provided assistance to rectify defect and repatriated safely on 09th Jan 2011.

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Message from Hon. Minister of External Affairs to mark the 25th Anniversary of the signing of the SAARC Charter

Twenty-five years ago, the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation came into being when the leaders of
Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka placed their signatures to a Charter that embodies
the enduring hopes and dreams of the people of South Asia. Since then, our Association has been strengthened with
Afghanistan joining the SAARC family at the 14th Summit.
When we reflect on our journey spanning twenty-five years, there is much that we as a Region can hail as our
achievements. We have put in place mechanisms and institutions necessary to carry out our work and thereby made
progress, to promote conditions for fruitful regional cooperation.


Statement by the Hon. Prof. G.L. Peiris, M.P Minister of External Affairs on the Election of Dr. (Mrs.) Hiranthi Wijemanne to the CRC

It gives me great pleasure to felicitate Dr. (Mrs.) Hiranthi Wijemanne, who was elected to the United Nations Committee
on the Rights of the Child (CRC) with broad and substantial support from the entire gamut of UN Members who are
States Party to the CRC. It would be pertinent to note in this regard that the election was keenly contested with 23
candidates coming forward, for only nine available posts.
The CRC is a key instrument established by the international community to work collaboratively to ensure the protection,
welfare and development of children, thereby ensuring a better and brighter future for all humanity. Accordingly, in the
election process, inevitable evaluations are made both of the contribution in this regard by the candidate, as well as by
the nominating country.


Meeting between the External Affairs Minister and the US Ambassador

External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris invited the US Ambassador Ms. Patricia Butenis to meet with him on Tuesday,
21st December, in the context of news reports that several United States Senators and Members of Congress had
addressed on the 10th of December, a letter concerning Sri Lanka to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The Minister pointed out to the US Ambassador that the text of the letter as carried by the media, appears among other
matters to assert that the effort of the Government of Sri Lanka through the Lessons Learnt & Reconciliation Commission
(LLRC) lacks mandate and broad scope. The Minister noted that on the contrary, the Terms of Reference establishing
the Commission expressly call for it to make recommendations to prevent recurrence of the inflicted strife of the past,
while promoting further national unity and reconciliation among all communities. Accordingly, the Commission has the
necessary amplitude for its effective functioning.


United Nations Secretary-General's Panel of Experts on Sri Lanka

The attention of the Ministry of External Affairs has been drawn to reports in the media of a possible visit to Sri Lanka by
the United Nations Secretary-General’s Panel of Experts on Sri Lanka.
The Ministry wishes to point out in this regard that the Commission on Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation which was
appointed by His Excellency President Mahinda Rajapaksa under Section 2 of the Commissions of Inquiry Act, has
issued a Public Notice carried by the newspapers in Sri Lanka on 18th June 2010 in the Sinhala, Tamil and English
languages calling for representations to the Commission. The Government of Sri Lanka therefore has the responsibility to
facilitate those desirous of presenting representations, as set out in the mandate of the Commission.


Statement by the Ministry of External Affairs on the reported postponement of visit by Dr. Liam Fox

A series of queries have been posed to the Ministry of External Affairs concerning reports that the Secretary of State for
Defence of the United Kingdom, Dr. Liam Fox will now not be travelling to Sri Lanka, to deliver on the 18th of December
the Lakshman Kadirgamar Memorial Oration.
The Ministry wishes to observe in this regard, that the invitation to deliver the Oration was extended by the Lakshman
Kadirgamar Foundation. Despite the private nature of the visit, due to the status of the visitor and the important nature of
the Oration, the Ministry in association with the other concerned agencies of Government had made all arrangements to
provide the necessary protocol assistance and facilitation to Dr. Fox during his planned stay in Sri Lanka.


Minister of External Affairs Prof G. L. Peiris addresses the Foreign Correspondents Club in Bangkok

The LTTE's separatist war in Sri Lanka could easily have destabilized the region. The fact that it did not happen is
because of the preventive actions taken by Sri Lanka during and after the war to ensure stability. This is the regional
significance of the current situation in Sri Lanka.
In a wide-ranging address on Tuesday night to a representative gathering of journalists, diplomats and INGO and NGO
officials at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand in Bangkok, the Minister of External Affairs Prof G.L.Peiris dwelt
on the reasons why the Sri Lankan conflict did not spill over and cause instability in region.


Minister of External Affairs, Prof. G. L. Peiris calls on the President of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari

pakistan-28-11-2010-1Minister of External Affairs, Prof. G. L. Peiris called on the President of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari on 29th November 2010 during the Pakistan President’s State Visit to Sri Lanka from 27-30th November 2010.

During the discussions, President Zardari and External Affairs Minister Prof. Peiris agreed to enhance the bilateral relations between the two countries under the Joint Economic Commission. Minister Peiris recalled Sri Lanka’s long and cordial relations with Pakistan and stated that the longstanding ties between the two countries would be further strengthened through the economic cooperation. The Pakistani President stated that it would be useful to consider permitting traders of both countries to use their own currencies instead of international currencies such as the US Dollars.

Briefing the visiting President on the ongoing developments in Sri Lanka following the elimination of the LTTE after over three decades of conflict, the Minister stated that the Government was focusing on development projects enhancing the economy of Sri Lanka. He stated that the Government had obtained a 2/3 majority in the Parliament after successive victories at elections which has provided the required impetus for the Government to carry forward its development objectives.



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