Singapore to help Sri Lanka restructure Foreign Ministry

DSC_0287Singapore is to help Sri Lanka restructure the Ministry of Foreign Affairs following talks held between Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera and Singapore Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Vivian Balakrishnan.

Samaraweera made an introductory visit to Singapore from 12 to 13 November 2015.  Dr Vivian Balakrishnan hosted Samaraweera to a welcome lunch during the visit.

At the meeting they reaffirmed the excellent bilateral relations between Singapore and Sri Lanka and explored ways to further strengthen cooperation, including in Sri Lanka’s ongoing efforts to restructure its Foreign Ministry as well as capacity-building in anti-corruption measures, the Singapore Foreign Ministry said.

Samaraweera also called on Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Law K Shanmugam and met Attorney-General V K Rajah.

He visited the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) for a briefing on Singapore’s anti-corruption measures on the same day. In addition, Samaraweera delivered a public lecture on “Politics and Development in Sri Lanka” organised by the Institute of South Asian Studies on 12 November 2015. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. Singapore is not country for Sri Lanka to emulate. I wonder how much bio diversity is left in Singapore after 50 years of development. Sri Lanka has the oldest sanctuary in the world and the oldest records of a modern hospital in the entire world. What we need is to learn our own history and gear up to the 21st century.

  2. Singapore is a successful country, because it never had foolish leaders like Mangala Samaraweera. Only fools will get help from their competitors. Singapore believes that it can’t grow in the future as it has been growing in the last few decades, because the civil war has ended in Sri Lanka and the country will be getting business opportunities. Clearly, Singapore sees Sri Lanka as a competitor, but foolish Mangala Samaraweera doesn’t see Singapore as a competitor. Mangala Samaraweera has a design degree and never worked as a diplomat; keeping him as a foreign Minister is a disaster for Sri Lanka. Can anyone tell me what makes Mangala Samaraweera as a guru in foreign affairs? Remember, once upon a time Sri Lanka was ahead of Singapore, but fell behind. Thanks to leaders like Mangala Samaraweera who enjoy their positions for their own benefits, but don’t mind betraying their country due to lack of knowledge. I urge Mangala Samaraweera to resign; if he really loves his country he must resign immediately and find a suitable employment according to his education and professional experience.

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