The 71st Anniversary of Independence was commemorated on the morning of 04 February 2019 at the Sri Lanka High Commission premises in London with a large, multi-ethnic and multi-cultural gathering of the Sri Lankan diaspora community.
The event commenced with the hoisting of the National flag by High Commissioner Manisha Gunasekera and the playing of the National Anthem in Sinhala. Two minutes’ silence was observed in memory of war heroes and all those who had laid down their lives in defence of the Motherland.
Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Finance and Mass Media with the Rt. Hon. Patricia Scotland QC, Commonwealth Secretary General in London
Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Finance and Mass Media of Sri Lanka met with the The Lord Tariq Ahmad of Wimbledon, Minister of State for the Commonwealth and the UN at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office of the UK, on Monday 21 January 2019, during a visit to London. Issues of mutual interest in the Sri Lanka-UK bilateral relationship were discussed at the meeting, including Sri Lanka’s progress in the reconciliation process, and the country’s engagement in the Commonwealth.