Minister of Foreign Affairs Ali Sabry is currently on a significant two-day visit to the prestigious University of Cambridge on January 23-24. On January 23, he addressed the Cambridge Union, and engaged with the academic community in a discussion that touched upon the Sri Lanka’s road to economic recovery. This address was followed by an interview with the Union’s President, Nick Davis, and then an insightful Q and A session with the audience.
Founded in 1815, the Cambridge Union stands as the largest student-led organization at the University of Cambridge and proudly holds the title of the world’s oldest debating society. Renowned for its rich history and tradition, the Union serves as a dynamic hub for intellectual discourse and debate, attracting influential speakers, policymakers, and thought leaders from around the globe. Dignitaries such as Winston Churchill, Theodore Roosevelt, Bill Gates, and Stephen Hawking are among those who have addressed the Cambridge Union. Minister Ali Sabry is the only Sri Lankan to have been invited to address the Union in recent history. » Read more
His Excellency Rohitha Bogollagama, the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to the UK, had a fruitful meeting today, 23 January 2024, with The Rt Hon. the Lord McFall of Alcluith, the Lord Speaker of the UK Parliament. The discussions centered on enhancing bilateral relations between Sri Lanka and the United Kingdom, and its future trajectory.
During the meeting, the High Commissioner and Lord Speaker McFall discussed a wide array of topics covering contemporary international relations, the reconciliation process in Sri Lanka, and the enhancement of bilateral relations. His Excellency, the High Commissioner, briefed the Lord Speaker on Sri Lanka’s constitutional reforms and the role of China in Sri Lanka. The exchange of ideas and perspectives aimed to foster greater understanding and cooperation in the Sri Lanka-UK relationship. » Read more
Notice to Sri Lankans living in Aberdeen Scotland
Sri Lanka High Commission in London intends to conduct a Mobile Consular Service in Aberdeen Scotland on Saturday 30 March 2024.
Accordingly, Sri Lankans in Aberdeen Scotland who wish to obtain consular services at this mobile consular service are kindly requested to complete the online form at the link, (Link) at the earliest.
High Commission of Sri Lanka
20 January 2024
His Excellency High Commissioner Rohitha Bogollagama and Madam Deepthi Bogollagama hosted a vibrant Thai Pongal ceremony at the Sri Lanka Residence on 15 January 2024. The event brought together members of the Sri Lankan community from across the United Kingdom, marking the auspicious occasion with traditional rituals and cultural festivities.
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Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal and her spouse Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence concluded a three-day official visit to Sri Lanka on Friday, 12 January 2024. The visit marked a momentous occasion celebrating the 75th Anniversary of bilateral relations between Sri Lanka and the United Kingdom and was characterized by a series of engagements that reinforced the deep ties between the two countries.
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The High Commissioner paid a courtesy call on Right Reverend Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury on 11 January 2024 at the Lambeth Palace, London. Anglican paternity led by the Archbishop prayed at the St-Mary-at-Lambeth church for the salvation of Sri Lanka before the meeting.
The High Commissioner and the Archbishop recalled the history of the Church of Ceylon which was established in 1845 as an extra-provincial jurisdiction of the Archbishop of Canterbury and exchanged views on the reforms to be proposed for the Church of Sri Lanka.
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The High Commissioner met Rt. Hon. Ranil Jayawardena on 10 January 2024 at the at the House of Commons. The High Commissioner and the Parliamentarian discussed an array of topics of mutual interest which include contemporary international relations, constitutional reforms, diaspora engagement and the reconciliation process in Sri Lanka.
The High Commissioner briefed MP Jayawardena on the evolution of the Constitution of Sri Lanka in the changing political landscape and its approaches to devolve power to the periphery. Two dignitaries had a lengthy conversation on constitutional amendments and governance in Sri Lanka. » Read more
The Staff of the High Commission of Sri Lanka in the United Kingdom formally commenced work on Monday, 01 January 2024 with a simple ceremony held at the High Commission. Following the singing of the National Anthem by the High Commission staff, the High Commissioner and staff affirmed the Oath of Public Servants.
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