The U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka Julie Chung said stability should not come at the sacrifice of the values of freedom of expression, whether through peaceful protest, expression through the arts, or through social media.The post Stability should not come at the sacrifice of values of freedom of expression: U.S. Ambassador appeared first on ONLANKA - Sri Lanka Latest Breaking News and Top Stories.
Sri Lanka has called for reform in multilateral institutions like the UN, particularly the expansion of the Security Council’s composition. President Ranil Wickremesinghe addressed the UN General Assembly in New York yesterday which reflected on the theme of “Rebuilding trust and reigniting solidarity” and its relevance to Sri Lanka’s recent challenges. He mentioned how Sri...
Sri Lanka President Ranil Wickremesinghe addressed the UN General Assembly in New York yesterday (September 21) which reflected on the theme of “Rebuilding trust and reigniting solidarity” and its relevance to Sri Lanka’s recent challenges.The post Sri Lanka President address at the UNGA highlighting Sri Lanka’s journey to rebuild trust and global solidarity appeared first on ONLANKA - Sri L...
President Ranil Wickremesinghe addressed the UN General Assembly in New York on Thursday (21) on the theme “Rebuilding trust and reigniting solidarity” and its relevance to Sri Lanka’s recent challenges. He mentioned how Sri Lanka faced significant social, economic and political challenges in the past year, including threats to democratic traditions but has managed to […]
Russia could very well be questioning the legitimacy of the UN system by currently challenging the right of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to arbitrate in the conflicting accusations of genocide brought against each other by it and Ukraine. Russia has countered Ukraine’s charge of genocide, occasioned by its invasion of Ukraine on February […]
Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says Ukraine has delivered grain to Sri Lanka and other countries despite Russia’s maritime blockade. He says he reminded the SDG Summit held in the US that despite Russia’s maritime blockade, Ukraine has delivered grain to many countries around the globe. The President named Algeria, Djibouti, Egypt, Kenya, Libya, Lebanon, Morocco, […]
President Joe Biden on Tuesday made a forceful call for the world to stand up to Russia s invasion of Ukraine, calling for leaders to stand firm in their support of President Volodymyr Zelensky and his nation as the war heads toward its second autumn.
Sri Lanka’s former Ambassador to Iran M.M. Zuhair, PC has warned that the proposed Counter Terrorism Act could be utilised by the government to crush even farmers’ protests. The following is the text of a statement issued by the ex-Senior State Counsel and former People’s Alliance MP: The Counter Terrorism Bill, originally gazetted six years […]
President Ranil Wickremesinghe participated in the ‘Ocean Nations: The 3rd Annual Indo-Pacific Islands Dialogue,’ moderated by Dan Baer, Senior Vice President for Policy Research at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and hosted by the Carnegie Endowment and Sasakawa Foundation. During this event, he highlighted the reluctance of island nations in the Indian Ocean and […]
China’s top diplomat Wang Yi is visiting Russia for security talks, as Moscow seeks continued support for its war on Ukraine. A close ally of Moscow, Beijing is accused of supporting Russia indirectly during the war, which it denies. Mr Wang’s trip is thought to be paving the way for Vladimir Putin to make a […]
North Korea’s Kim Jong Un has met Vladimir Putin in Russia in a highly scrutinised visit which was expected to yield an arms deal. After talks ended at the Vostochny space centre, Kim began his long journey home on his private armoured train, Russian state media reported. Moscow has indicated it will help Pyongyang develop […]
Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has praised a joint declaration by G20 leaders in Delhi that avoids condemning Moscow for its war against Ukraine. Russia had not expected consensus and agreement on the wording was “a step in the right direction”, said Mr Lavrov. The closing G20 statement denounced using force for territorial gain but […]
The G20 joint declaration in Delhi is being described as a significant diplomatic win for India. The agreement of a joint statement looked almost impossible a few days ago, given how sharply divided the group was over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. In the end, we had a declaration that garnered unanimous support from all G20 […]
The G20 summit in New Delhi ended on Sunday as India handed over the bloc presidency to Brazil, while both the U.S. and Russia praised a consensus that did not condemn Moscow for the war in Ukraine but called on members to shun the use of force.
World leaders have been gathering in India ahead of a G20 summit between nations that are divided on many issues, the biggest being the war in Ukraine following Russia’s invasion. On Friday evening US President Joe Biden met his host, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with the leaders pledging cooperation in a raft of areas. […]
North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un plans to travel to Russia this month to meet President Vladimir Putin, a US official has told the BBC’s US partner CBS. The two leaders will discuss the possibility of North Korea providing Moscow with weapons to support its war in Ukraine, the official said. The exact location of […]
Stating that multiple challenges confront the G20 grouping, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said that India adopted an unconventional approach to its Presidency, making it much more connected with people. A major highlight of the second day of the Think20 (T20) Summit in Mysuru on Tuesday was a virtual address by Jaishankar, followed by a […]
Vladimir Putin has broken his silence over Yevgeny Prigozhin’s reported death – some 24 hours after the Wagner chief’s private jet crashed. Russia’s president said the head of the mercenary group was a “talented person” who “made serious mistakes in life”. Mr Putin also sent condolences to the families of all 10 people said to […]
As matters stand, the West could be described as having further strengthened its defenses against what has come to be seen as the proliferation of China’s global influence and power. The proof of this is the consolidation of the US’ links with its principal Asian allies: Japan and South Korea. Subsequent to meeting Japanese Prime […]
A consortium has been formed to embark on a power generation project in Sri Lanka, the largest private-sector renewable energy initiative ever sanctioned by the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB). WindForce PLC – Sri Lanka’s leader in renewable energy, in partnership with Lakdhanavi – the leading Independent Power Producer (IPP) in Sri Lanka, and The Blue […]
India is strategically propelling itself forward with significant strides aimed at extending its influence across Southeast Asia. This proactive endeavour by India holds the potential to counterbalance the prevailing dominance exerted by China within this region. Harsh V. Pant, the Vice President for Studies and Foreign Policy at the Observer Research Foundation, a prominent think […]
Thuesday 22nd August, 2023 No sooner had the Indian government announced its decision to impose a 40% tax on onion exports to overcome a shortfall in the domestic supply than Sri Lankan traders jacked up onion prices exponentially. They would not have reacted so swiftly to a drop in onion prices in the international market. […]
Seven people, including a six-year-old girl, were killed when a Russian missile struck a theatre in the northern Ukrainian city of Chernihiv on Saturday morning, officials have said. Fifteen children were among 144 people wounded, the police said. At least 25 people were in hospital. Among the victims were people who had been celebrating an […]
Sri Lanka says a contest for supremacy is unfolding between the United States and China across the expanses of the Pacific Ocean. President Ranil Wickremesinghe said that a power struggle is also emerging between Western nations and Russia in the context of Ukraine. “Undoubtedly, the Indian Ocean hosts the world’s pivotal trade routes, making Sri […]
Chinese oil major Sinopec expects to start operations in Sri Lanka on Sept. 20 and will be allowed to sell fuel for less than the maximum retail price set by the government, Sri Lanka's power minister said on Tuesday.The post Sri Lanka says China’s Sinopec to start operations September 20 appeared first on ONLANKA - Sri Lanka Latest Breaking News and Top Stories.
During the question-and-answer session, Dr. Dushni Weerakoon questioned the sustainability of Sri Lanka’s non-aligned foreign policy, as it weakened the country’s position in trade negotiations. The expert assertion was certainly not restricted to trade negotiations. Having signed ACSA (Access and Cross Servicing-Agreement) with the US, in August 2017, it would be ridiculous to still talk […...