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Sri Lanka's 66th National Day on board Magistic Cruise in Sydney


Tuesday, 13 August 2013 13:46

Friday,7 February 2014
 For the very first time, a Sri Lankan National Day event was held on board the ‘Magistic’ cruise in Sydney on 4 February. Organised by the Consulate General in New South Wales, the cruise hosted diplomats, members of parliament, media, defence personnel, business and community leaders and friends of Sri Lanka.


With the proud Sri Lankan flags fluttering, the Sri Lankan National Day cruise went past the famous Opera House, under the Harbour Bridge, Shark Island and other Sydney icons, for two hours with guests enjoying a delightful mix of Sri Lankan and Australian delicacies; kiribath, kokis, Sri Lankan fish rolls, vadai, battered prawns, among other delicious finger foods. The best of Sri Lanka’s Dilmah Tea and traditional delicacies, interspersed with iced tea mocktails and special Colombo sling giner ale. Consul General Ambassador Bandula Jayasekara proposed the toast with a glass of Sri Lanka’s Dilmah iced tea.


A tribute was paid to a dear friend of Sri Lanka, the late Tony Greig. The new Sri Lankan cricket t-shirt and a limited edition plaque of the world record batting partnership (one of just 400 pieces singed by Mahela and Kumar recording the highest partnership in cricket) was presented to Tony’s son, Tom, who follows in his father’s cricketing footsteps.



Sri Lanka has a strong relationship with both Giants in the Asian Century: India and China- Prof G.L.Peiris


Thursday, 27 June 2013 18:08

glp syd lect1Minister of External Affairs, Professor G. L. Peiris said that Sri Lanka enjoys a strong relationship with both India and China, and other nations and that Sri Lanka has “emphatically and consistently” insisted that “on no occasion” would Sri Lankan soil be allowed to be used in a manner intended to harm any other friend of Sri Lanka.

Addressing the Australian Institute of International Affairs,in Sydney on 20th June 2013 on the subject “Between two Giants: Sri Lanka in the Asian Century” Minister Peiris described the relationship with India as “rich and full”. In which the “destinies of India and Sri Lanka are inextricably intertwined”. Reflecting on the mutual understanding between the two nations as operating under a “natural restraining mechanism”, preventing any problems from exacerbating.

With the tourism industry growing rapidly in Sri Lanka, it may be surprising the biggest tourists to the nation are from neighbouring India. The Minister said India is Sri Lanka’s largest trading partner, stemming from the Free Trade arrangement established in 1998 between the two nations. However, acknowledging there are natural fears of the marked disparities in size when engaging with any giant.



Minister of External Affairs promotes business as a bridge between Australia and Sri Lanka


Thursday, 27 June 2013 17:57

Aus Bus1The Minister of External Affairs Professor G.L. Peiris spoke of Sri Lanka’s special claim to Australian business investment, at a business luncheon hosted jointly by the Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Sydney, New South Wales (NSW) and the country Investment Promotion Agency, the Board of Investment of Sri Lanka (BOI) on 20th June 2013. The luncheon was held to promote Australian business investment in Sri Lanka in anticipation of growing trade between the two countries.



Opportunity abounds in a Sri Lanka rebuilding for all


Wednesday, 17 April 2013 19:23

PRESIDENT Mahinda Rajapaksa brought peace to Sri Lanka in 2009, ending three decades of bloodshed by the Tamil Tiger (LTTE) terrorist group. Sri Lankans of diverse ethnicity and religious faith embraced this victory with optimism and delight.

Now supported by a development drive by the government across the country, Sri Lankans are heading forward with confidence and commitment; trying to catch up on the years lost to the violence, destruction and mayhem created by one of the most ruthless guerilla organisations in the world. (Read more)



All communities must rise in unity – President


Monday, 04 February 2013 07:10

We Sri Lankans who have sacrificed immensely to ensure the sovereignty of the nation, celebrate this 65th National Independence Day with utmost pride, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said.

The President in an Independence Day message said: “ The nation has embarked on a path of development which has made freedom really meaningful.


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