Hon. Prime Minister's Statement (Sinhala, Tamil & English) on the Blast Incident

On behalf of the Government, I would like to offer my deepest sympathies to the injured persons and the relations of the deceased consequent to the recent attacks occured this morning. I see this as an attempt to make the country and its economy unstable.

I condemn these attacks which targeted religious places and some hotels. We all should join hands to protect law and order. I have already instructed the Secretary/ Defence, Tri Forces Commanders and the Inspector General of Police to take stringent action to ensure law and order in the country.

Further, I and some ministers had a discussion with HE the President in this regard. Secretary to the President, Attorney General, Secretary to the Treasury, Secretary / Disaster Management and Security Chiefs were among the present.
Law will be strictly enforced against the persons those who are responsible for these attacks after finalizing the investigations.
We shall bear with this unfortunate situation and work together to uphold the law and order.

Thank you!

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Supply of Firefighting Vehicles/Equipment for the Colombo Municipal Council under the Austrian Soft Loan Scheme


Dr. R.H.S. Samaratunga, Secretary of Finance and Mass Media was on an official visit to Vienna, Austria from 11-12 February 2019 to sign the loan agreement of the project of supplying Firefighting Vehicles/Equipment for the Colombo Municipal Council under the Austrian Soft Loan Scheme. Dr. Samatunga was accompanied by Mr. R.M.P Rathnayake, Director General (External Resource Department, Ministry of Finance) and Mr. K.T.I. Premaratne/Director (External Resource Department, Ministry of Finance). Mrs. Irosha Cooray, the Chargé d' Affaires a.i. of the Mission was also attended with the Sri Lanka delegation for the signing ceremony and bilateral meeting.

The Sri Lankan delegation attended for the signing ceremony of the above agreement on 11 February 2019 at the Head Quarters of UniCredit Bank. From the UniCredit Bank the signing ceremony was attended by Mr. Dieter Hengl, Member of the Board, the Managing Director and other official of the UniCredit Bank.

Since many skyscraper buildings with multiple floors are being constructed in the Colombo City and its suburb, enhancement of the firefighting capacity of the CMC ensuring the safety of the properties and the inhabitants is vital.

The Ministry of Internal & Home Affairs and Provincial Councils & Local Government has concluded a contract agreement with the Austrian M/S Rosenbauer International AG with a total estimated cost of Euro 10,317,000 for Supplying of Firefighting Vehicles/Equipment for the Colombo Municipal Councils. The Government of Austria has agreed to provide an interest free soft loan to finance the above project through UniCredit Bank Austria AG. Special Authorization of H E the President has been granted for the Secretary of the Ministry of Finance and Mass Media to sign the loan agreement on behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka. The Commercial Contract of the above project has been signed between Ministry of Internal & Home Affairs and Provincial Councils & Local Government and the M/S Rosenbauer International AG following the Cabinet decision dated 20th February, 2018.

The Sri Lanka delegation also met the officials of the Ministry of Finance on 11 February 2019 and sought avenues for further enhancement of development cooperation between the GOSL and Austria.

The Embassy and Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka
Vienna, Austria
14 February 2019


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The Embassy and Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka in Vienna organized an official event for the Sri Lankan community on 04 February 2019 to celebrate the 71st Anniversary of National Independence Day in dignified manner at the premises of Embassy and Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka in Vienna, Austria.

The celebrations commenced with the hoisting of the National Flag by Mrs. W. Irosha Prabhani Cooray, Chargée d' Affaires a.i. followed by the playing of the National Anthem. A group of children living in Vienna sang the National Anthem in both Sinhala and Tamil language and performed a welcome dance.

Mrs. W. Irosha Prabhani Cooray, Chargée d' Affaires a.i. and members of the Sri Lankan community working at the UN International agencies including the International Atomic Energy Agency, the United Nations International Development Organization, the Comprehensive Test-Ban-Treaty Organization and the two officers from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs who were on training Programme in Vienna lit the traditional oil lamp.

The multi-faith religious observances were conducted by Ven. Dr. Wijayarajapura Seelawansa Nayake Thero and Ven. Gyosei Masunaga, Rev. Geetha Nayak, Father Anthonyaiah Everest Dias and Imam Tarafa Baghajati.

National Day messages of H.E. Maithripala Sirisena, President, Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe, Prime Minister and Hon. Tilak Marapana, Minister of Foreign Affairs were read by the several teenagers from the community living in Vienna.

Addressing the gathering, Mrs. Mrs. W. Irosha Prabhani Cooray, Chargée d' Affaires a.i. recalled the efforts of Sri Lanka’s national heroes to gain independence and the highlighted importance of unity and harmony among all ethnicities to achieve political, social and economic goals of Sri Lanka.

The gathering was entertained by 05 dancing performances and 03 “Deshabimana Gee” which were all performed by children, teenagers and adults living in Vienna.

Sri Lankan dinner was served for around 175 members of the Sri Lankan community in Vienna who attended the event.

Embassy and Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka


The Embassy and Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka in Vienna with the support of the Sri Lankan expatriate Community, participated in the United Nations Women’s Guild (UNWG) Charity Bazaar at the Vienna Conference Center on 16 December 2018. About 150 nations took part in the event with their stalls and more than 50,000 people visited the Bazaar. Each year from the proceeds of the bazaar, the UNWG financially supports many children’s charities in Austria and in the developing world.

At the Sri Lanka stall, delicious Sri Lankan rice and curry, sweets, savories and spices were sold. Sri Lanka Tea and Herbal Tea were also served. The proceeds of the sale were donated to the charity programmes aimed at helping children in need.

For the first time, a group of Sri Lankan performers in national costume showcased Sri Lankan cultural identity, joining the participants from Austria, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Colombia, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Venezuela, Trinidad & Tobago and Ukraine.

Sri Lankan Kandyan and Tamil traditional dance troupes in authentic dresses also participated in the International Cultural Performance at the Bazaar and attracted a large number of spectators.

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