Britain’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hugo Swire has arrived at the Bandaranaike International Airport this morning.
The Foreign Affairs Ministry stated that during his three-day visit, the British Minister will meet President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera, former President Chandrika Kumaratunga and a number of other officials.
He will also meet the Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan and the Northern Provincial Council Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran.
Meanwhile, the Thai Pongal National Ceremony is to be held tomorrow in Jaffna under the patronage of the visiting British Foreign Minister, together with President Sirisena and Premier Wickremesinghe.
According to the Foreign Ministry, he is also expected to attend the Galle Literary Festival on January 16 prior to his departure.