Agenda Item 2 General Debate: Presentation of the written update on the implementation of HRC Resolution 30/1 by the High Commissioner for Human Rights pursuant to HRC resolution 40/1, OHCHR Report on ‘Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka’ (A/HRC/43/19) 


27 February 2020


Statement by Hon. Dinesh Gunawardena, Minister of Foreign Relations, Skills Development, Employment and Labour Relations of Sri Lanka


Madam President, 

Madam High Commissioner,

Media Release


Foreign Ministry succeeds in evacuating two Sri Lankan crew members onboard Diamond Princess


The two Sri Lankan crew members who were on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama, Japan, were evacuated last night (26 February) by a charter flight organised by the Indian Government to New Delhi upon a request made by the Sri Lankan Government. The two Sri Lankan crew members are in good health, according to the Sri Lanka Embassy in Japan.


A total of 124 crew who were on board the cruise ship have been evacuated and will undergo a quarantine period in the Army facility in Haryana, India,


Upon completion of the quarantine procedure in India, the two Sri Lankan crew members will return to Colombo.


Ministry of Foreign Relations



Media Release


Foreign Ministry coordinates efforts to safeguard Sri Lankans amidst rise of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Italy


The Foreign Relations Ministry in coordination with the Sri Lanka Embassy in Rome and the Consulate General Office in Milan has taken action to closely monitor and coordinate efforts to ensure the safety of Sri Lankans residing in Italy, following the recent rise of COVID-19 cases, particularly in the Lombardy Region.