Queen discusses intensifying ties between UK & SL

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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and newly appointed Sri Lankan High Commission to United Kingdom Saroja Sirisena held discussions on deepening and intensifying the longstanding political, economic and cultural relations between the two countries.

This was revealed during a discussion between the Queen and High Commissioner Sirisena. Mrs Sirisena presented Letters of Credence to Queen Elizabeth II at a ceremonial event held at the Buckingham Palace.

High Commissioner Sirisena and her spouse, Dr. Sudath Talpahewa were escorted to the Buckingham Palace, accompanied by Deputy High Commissioner Samantha Pathirana, Minister (Commercial) Dr. Lakimini Mendis, Minister Counsellor (Defence) Brigadier D.B.S.N. Bothota and Counsellor (Commonwealth & Political Affairs) N.L.A. Haleem, by traditional horse carriages of the Royal Mews.
High Commissioner Sirisena conveyed greetings from Gotabaya Rajapaksa, President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka to Her Majesty The Queen.  The discussion focused on deepening and intensifying the longstanding political, economic and cultural relations between Sri Lanka and the UK, and also with the Commonwealth. She also highlighted the importance of further exploring trade and investment opportunities between the two countries post Brexit. Permanent Under Secretary and Head of the Diplomatic Service at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Sir Simon McDonald was associated with the ceremony.
At the conclusion of the ceremony at Buckingham Palace, a reception was held at the High Commission for Members of the House of Lords and House of Commons, representatives of the UK Government, members of the diplomatic corps based in London and British-Sri Lankan community.

High Commissioner Sirisena joined Sri Lanka Foreign Service in 1998 and served as the Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the Republic of Austria and Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations Office in Vienna immediately prior to her appointment in London.

Her previous diplomatic posts include Consul General of Sri Lanka in Mumbai; Minister, Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations Office in Geneva; Minister Counsellor, Sri Lanka Embassy in Brussels, and First Secretary, Sri Lanka Embassy in Paris.

High Commissioner Sirisena is a graduate of the University of Melbourne, Australia and the École Nationale d’Administration in France. She is a past pupil of Devi Balika Vidyalaya, Colombo.


  Comments - 9

  • Reddha Thursday, 12 March 2020 12:35 AM

    No upcountry Sinhala Saree here ?

    Sakun Thursday, 12 March 2020 01:29 AM

    Good bye england rose

    Ram Thursday, 12 March 2020 01:37 AM

    Massive staff at the London HC office. Does the country get sufficiently benefited for the cost involved in maintaining the volume of staff?

    Jafffna Tamil Thursday, 12 March 2020 03:07 AM

    Because the majority in Sri Lanka are of darker complexion,a very fair skinned Sri Lankan woman in top position is making waves in the minds of all Sri Lankans .

    cheers Thursday, 12 March 2020 04:41 AM

    Great to see and please ensure you keep the country safe and also pushing for banning of the tamil tigers and also the tamil diaspora who is supporting terror to destroy sri lanka

    Sambo Thursday, 12 March 2020 07:20 AM

    A plane load to present credentials. No no they all went to see the palace.

    Jude Thursday, 12 March 2020 08:13 AM

    Yeah, Queen has to find ties with others now that the Prince Harry QUIT Royal LIFE !!! Huh !!!

    Ruwan Kumara Thursday, 12 March 2020 12:20 PM

    Check whether there is any possibility that Sri Lanka again can be a colony of British empire because we have no way out of present calamity with our corrupted politicos?

    lansur Thursday, 12 March 2020 01:28 PM

    Might have to trek back after the elections..

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