By Jamila Najmuddin
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth is likely to arrive in Sri Lanka in 2013 to open the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting which Sri Lanka will host that year, well informed sources told Daily Mirror online.
Sources added that the Queen may arrive in the country to open and attend part of the meetings which will also be attended by the Heads of State of the countries representing the Commonwealth.
British High Commission Spokesperson Dominic Willims, when contacted by Daily Mirror online said that it was customary for the Queen to inaugurate the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting which is held every two years. However it is still too early to confirm if she will attend the event.
The next Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting will be held in Perth Australia in 2011 and Sri Lanka is expected to host it in 2013.
Every two years, Commonwealth leaders meet to discuss global and Commonwealth issues, and agree on collective policies and initiatives. They are organised by the host nation in collaboration with the Commonwealth Secretariat.
Issues discussed include international peace and security, democracy, good governance, sustainable development, debt management, education, environment, gender equality, health, human rights, information and communication technology, law, multilateral trade issues, small states and youth affairs.
There are 54 countries currently in the Commonwealth and some of the countries include Sri Lanka, Pakistan, United Kingdom, Australia, South Africa, India and Canada. (Daily Mirror online)