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FOREIGN SECRETARY ARYASINHA DISCUSSES THE MANY CHALLENGES AMIDST THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha in an interview with the Ceylon Today newspaper, published on 31 May 2020 has discussed the many challenges faced by the Foreign Relations Ministry in dealing with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic both within and outside of Sri Lanka.

 

Full interview is at :  https://ceylontoday.lk/news-more/14980
 

SPECIAL RADIO DISCUSSION WITH FOREIGN MINISTER DINESH GUNAWARDENA

Foreign Relations Minister Dinesh Gunawardena participated in a special radio discussion broadcast live on the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) “Podu Jana Charitha” Programme on 30 May 2020 from 8.00 – 9.00 am

https://drive.google.com/file/d/123kxRMx6MeJobBmy7Yoiap2AInxnWyZX/view?usp=sharing

 

FOREIGN MINISTER REASSURES CONTINUED REPATRIATION OF MIGRANT WORKERS

Foreign Relations, Skills Development, Employment and Labour Relations Minister Dinesh Gunawardena has reassured that the repatriation of migrant workers from the Middle East as well as other regions will continue, in a manner sensitive to the vulnerability of these communities, particularly those who have lost legal status and/or employment in their host countries. This will be done in consultation with the COVID Task Force, in view of the considerable strain presently placed on the health sector and quarantine centres following the increased number of COVID infected persons who have recently returned from Kuwait. It was noted that it is proposed to explore the possibility of getting PCR tests done prior to boarding all flights in future.

The Minister made these observations at a meeting held this evening (29 May 2020) at the Foreign Ministry attended by Foreign Secretary RavinathaAryasinha, Ministry of Skills Development, Employment and Labour Relations SecretarySarathAbeygunawardana, Chairman Sri Lankan Foreign Employment Bureau (SLBFE) Kamal Ratwatte, and relevant officials of the two ministries and the SLBFE.

It was noted that according to the latest update, as at 27 May, 42,522 persons from 123 countries were seeking to return to Sri Lanka. Of these, migrant workers amounted to 34,881 of which 20,893 are living in the Middle East, while 4,961 were short term visa holders, and 2,016 were students.

Read more: FOREIGN MINISTER REASSURES CONTINUED REPATRIATION OF MIGRANT WORKERS

 

ADDRESS BY PRESIDENT GOTABAYA RAJAPAKSA FROM THE PRESIDENTIAL SECRETARIAT AT THE VIRTUAL ‘HIGH – LEVEL EVENT ON FINANCING FOR DEVELOPMENT IN THE ERA OF COVID – 19 AND BEYOND’ ORGANIZED BY THE PRIME MINISTERS OF CANADA, JAMAICA AND THE UN SECRETARY GENERAL

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NEW INDIAN HIGH COMMISSIONER CALLS ON FOREIGN RELATIONS MINISTER DINESH GUNAWARDENA

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The newly accredited Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Gopal Baglay paid a courtesy call on Minister of Foreign Relations Dinesh Gunawardena at the Republic Building today. On his first working day as the High Commissioner after presenting Credentials on 14 May 2020, High Commissioner Baglay exchanged views on a wide range of bilateral issues with the Foreign Relations Minister during his call.

Minister Gunawardena, welcoming the new High Commissioner, assured Sri Lanka’s fullest commitment for stronger and deeper cooperation with India, while appreciating the continued exchanges of goodwill that are evident in the midst of the COVID-19 epidemic. High Commissioner Baglay conveyed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s assurances of closer cooperation with Sri Lanka through his neighbourhood first policy.

Both dignitaries agreed to work towards mutually beneficial trade, investment,development and political relations in the post COVID-19 new international environment by enhancing maritime cooperation, security exchanges, ensuring food and health security, enhanced assistance for capacity building and technical cooperation. It was agreed to kick start tourism exchanges based on the ancient foundation of Hindu-Buddhist cultural affinities between the two countries. Also both sides agreed to follow up on the pending Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) and other bilateral instruments.

Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha and senior officials of the Foreign Relations Ministry were also present during the call.

Ministry of Foreign Relations
Colombo
26 May 2020
 

FOREIGN RELATIONS MINISTER DINESH GUNAWARDENA DISCUSSES SYSTEMATIC REPATRIATION PROCESS

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Hon. Dinesh Gunawardena, Minister of Foreign Relations, Skills Development, Employment and Labour Relations in an interview held on Siyatha TV ‘Morning Show’ at 6.55 am today (25 May 2020) discussed the systematic repatriation process of Overseas Sri Lankans amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Full interview at: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=MvhELfE98F4

 

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