Ambassador Majintha Jayesinghe presented Letters of Credence in Austria

2 July 2020

Ambassador Majintha Jayesinghe presented Letters of Credence to His Excellency Dr. Alexander Van der Bellen, Federal President of the Republic of Austria, at the Hofburg Palace in Vienna accrediting as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Sri Lanka to Austria on 30 June 2020.

The ceremony commenced with the presentation of the Letters of Credence, followed by a Presidential Guard of Honour. The Ambassador was accompanied by Mr. Charitha Weerasinghe, Counsellor and Head of Chancery of the Embassy.

Ambassador Majintha Jayesinghe conveyed greetings from His Excellency Gotabaya Rajapaksa, President of Sri Lanka, Honourable Mahinda Rajapaksa, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka and the People of Sri Lanka to His Excellency Dr. Alexander Van der Bellen, Federal President of the Republic of Austria and the People of Austria. President Van der Bellen reciprocated greetings to the President and Prime Minister of Sri Lanka and recalled his visit to Sri Lanka.

During the courtesy call the Ambassador mentioned that Sri Lanka-Austria special relations have grown exponentially covering a multitude of areas with mutual benefits. It was further stated that Sri Lanka hopes to further strengthen and expand the friendly relations into new vistas of cooperation in the years ahead.

Following the credential ceremony a reception was held at the Embassy for Officials of the Federal Ministry of European and International Affairs of the Republic of Austria, Diplomatic Corp, Official from the Diplomatic Institutions, leading official of Think Tank, Media, Sri Lankan Community and the Embassy Staff and Families.

Ambassador Majintha Jayesinghe joined the Sri Lanka Foreign Service in 1998 and was Ambassador in the United Arab Emirates, prior to the appointment in Austria. The diplomatic career entailed serving as Consul General in Shanghai, People’s Republic of China and Deputy High Commissioner in Malaysia.

Ambassador Majintha Jayesinghe is a graduate of the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom and a past pupil of St. Joseph’s College and Royal College, Colombo.

 

Embassy and Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka

Vienna, Austria

 

30 June 2020

The Message of H.E.the President of Sri Lanka on the World Environment Day 2020

5 June 2020

I am pleased to pen this message of greetings on the occasion of the World Environment Day, marked on June 5 every year, which aims at enhancing the awareness among the people on the importance of protecting the environment and drawing attention of the policymakers to environmental issues.

All creatures including the human have an unbreakable bond with the environment. The longstanding deep relationship nurtured by the Sri Lankan community since ancient times with the environment paved the way to enrich our daily life. The necessity to pass on, our age old knowledge of all aspects of the nature to our future generations, as well as to enhance their knowledge regarding the present environmental issues, is felt much more strongly at present than any other time in the history.

The various environmental issues such as floods, landslides, melting of glaciers, air pollution, global warming and climate change that have become formidable threats to the humans are direct results of our own haphazard activities. Destructions caused to the nature will inevitably affect the survival of the humankind. I see the global crisis erupted due to COVID – 19 pandemic as an occasion which undeniably teaches the humans of the importance of environmental conservation.      

The necessity of a sustainable environmental strategy has been identified in “Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour”, the policy statement. Measures will be taken in the future to make environmental protection initiatives mentioned therein such as land management, preserving of biodiversity, increase national forest cover, scientific waste management and eco-friendly human settlements and cities into reality.

I wish the World Environment Day celebrations in Sri Lanka held under the theme ‘Biodiversity - Spaces for Nature’ every success.

 

Gotabaya Rajapaksa

June, 04, 2020         

Media Release - Revised Instructions on PCR testing and Quarantine procedures for DPLs entering Sri Lanka

5 June 2020

Following the revised instructions issued on 4 June 2020 by the Presidential Secretariat on the PCR testing and quarantine procedures for the members of the Diplomatic corps based/attached in Colombo when they enter/re-enter Sri Lanka in order to prevent and minimize the risk of the spread of the Coronavirus, the Ministry of Foreign Relations, took immediate action to convey the same to all Diplomatic Missions, the Representation Offices of the United Nations and its Specialized Agencies, International Organizations, Honorary Consulates resident in Colombo through diplomatic channels.

The revised instructions state as follows:

- The respective Diplomatic Missions may inform the Ministry of Foreign Relations (MFR) by a Note Verbal, the details of the diplomats and their family members who are scheduled for entry/ re-entry into Sri Lanka for the diplomatic assignments well in advance in order to obtain the prior approval from the concerned authorities.

- The members of the Diplomatic staff and their family members need to submit PCR test reports obtained within 72 hours prior to their departure from respective countries.

- If the members of the Diplomatic staff and their family members are unable to provide PCR test reports, they would be subjected to a mandatory PCR test at the Bandaranaike International Airport, Katunayake.

- Heads of Mission and family members will self-quarantine at the Official Residences. All other arriving Diplomatic staff and their family members will have to follow quarantine procedures at a hotel, recommended by the Government of Sri Lanka (if independent/separate residences are not available), for a period of 14 days, subject to concurrence and supervision of the Heads of Mission.

- The Diplomatic Missions/Representations need to inform the Ministry of Foreign Relations once the 14-day home quarantine is completed and submit the second PCR test report done by the Mission before the Officer resumes duties in the Mission as per the measures taken by the Mission to control and prevent the spread of Coronavirus.

- The Diplomatic Missions/Representations have to forward the travel details of the Diplomatic staff and their family members at least 48 hours prior to their departure to the Chief of Protocol of the Ministry.

The Foreign Ministry further notes that travel by Diplomatic Officers to Sri Lanka will be approved, subject to their concurrence to follow the above procedures issued by the Government of Sri Lanka.

Ministry of Foreign Relations

Colombo

5 June 2020

Poson Poya Day Message of H.E. the President of Sri Lanka

5 June 2020

It has been the practice of the Buddhist in our country since ancient times to remember, with utmost devotion the arrival of Arahat Mahinda Thero in the Island carrying the message of the Buddha, by observance of religious rituals. Such devoted remembrance is due to the fact that the arrival of Arahat Mahinda resulted in a significant transformation of religious, cultural, social and political civilization of Sri Lanka.

The first meeting between the Arahat and King Devanampiyatissa, that took place over two thousand years ago, is the most significant encounter in Sri Lankan history. With the advent of Arahat Mahinda, our social values, economy, literature and arts and crafts took a new turn. Henceforth, the Buddhists of Sri Lanka were inspired to build sky-scraping stupas, ocean like gigantic lakes, an agrarian culture that secured the granary of the nation and produce incredible artistic creations that amazed the world. Even more importantly, this socio-religious revolution gave birth to a society that accepts gain and loss, fame and defame, praise and blame, and happiness and pain with equanimity; treats all living beings from plants to creatures big and small with utmost fairness; living a life of purity sans lust or unwarranted attachments and live in accordance with the eight-fold noble path. 

The Dhamma and the knowledge base passed on by Arahat Mahinda Thera guided us to rise as a proud and dignified nation. The teachings of the Gauthama Buddha trained us to be mindful of this world and the afterworld and thus be virtuous and civilized. The Poson Poya is etched in our hearts as the most significant day because that was the day we received the Buddha Dhamma, the greatest ever gift we got as a nation.

Strengthened by our past experiences and inspired by Dhamma, we strive for prosperity. It is my belief that justice for all prevails in a spiritually virtuous, disciplined and prosperous society. I must mention here that my Government plans for not only the present, but also for the future based on that solid foundation. Even whilst facing the prevailing pandemic, we did not deviate from our vision that is built on that civilized culture we inherited. A journey without this reality is not possible for us as Sri Lankans. 

The greatest tribute we can pay to Arahat Mahinda would be to celebrate this season of Poson by viewing the life in a pragmatic manner in accordance with the Dhamma and depicting to the world the pristine glory of the teachings of the Buddha, based on compassion and nonviolence.

I wish you all a meritorious Poson!

 

 

Gotabaya Rajapaksa

June 04, 2020         

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