The new High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in the United Kingdom Manisha Gunasekera paid a courtesy call on the Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Mark Field, MP, on Thursday 17 January 2019 in London. The Strengthening of the strong bilateral relationship between Sri Lanka and the UK, and issues of relevance in the political and economic spheres were discussed during the meeting. The High Commissioner updated Minister Mark Field on current developments in Sri Lanka, and acknowledged the support extended by the UK Government towards the country’s reconciliation process. The High Commissioner was accompanied to the meeting by Deputy High Commissioner Sugeeshwara Gunaratna.
The programme commenced with the hoisting of the National Flag of Sri Lanka at the Chancery building by the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in the United Kingdom Manisha Gunasekera, followed by the singing of the National Anthem of Sri Lanka by High Commission staff. Thereafter, two minutes’ silence was observed to commemorate war heroes and all those who sacrificed their lives on behalf of the Motherland. This was followed by the Oath of Public Servants delivered in Sinhala and Tamil languages.
The High Commission of Sri Lanka in the United Kingdom organised its Annual Christmas Carol Service and Celebrations on Thursday 13 December 2018 in the High Commission premises with the participation of the Sri Lankan community representing all faiths, denominations and ethnicities. The celebrations were attended by Member of the House of Lords and friend of Sri Lanka Lord Mohamed Sheikh as the Chief Guest.
High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to the United Kingdom Manisha Gunasekera met with the members of the Board of Trustees of SLMCC and President and Secretary as well as Executive Committee members of the Council of Sri Lanka Muslim Organisations (COSMOS) in Harrow on Wednesday 05 December 2018.
The newly appointed High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in the United Kingdom Manisha Gunasekera called on the Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland on Thursday 29th November 2018 at the Commonwealth Secretariat in Marlborough House. The meeting entailed discussion on issues of mutual interest related to Sri Lanka’s longstanding cooperation within the Commonwealth.
High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to the United Kingdom Manisha Gunasekera met with the chaplain to the Sinhalese speaking community in the Archdioceses of Westminster and Southwark Rev. Father Sudam Perera at the Church of St Mary Magdalen in Willesden Green on Wednesday 28th November 2018.
The High Commissioner was accompanied by Counsellor of the High Commission Augustin Christyruban.
The High Commission of Sri Lanka in London held its Annual Deepavali Celebrations on Friday 16th November 2018, in the High Commission premises.
The celebrations commenced with Hindu religious observances led by Sri Ramanadan Kurukkal who invoked blessings on Sri Lanka and its people. In his address he highlighted the significance of Deepavali and stated that all Sri Lankans should unite irrespective of their religious beliefs to develop the country.
Managing Director Welcom Hotels Lanka Arun Pathak, Managing Director Graham Associates Chris Graham with Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner Manisha Gunasekera and other dignitaries at the launch of ITC Sapphire residences.
The High Commission of Sri Lanka in London participated in the annual Commonwealth Fair organised by the Commonwealth Countries League on 10th November 2018. The Sri Lankan stall consisted of traditional sweetmeats, rice and curry, and Ceylon tea.
The fair was held to raise funds for the Commonwealth Girls’ Education Fund to support the education of disadvantaged girls who possess the potential to achieve high academic success despite their financial situation, across the Commonwealth.
Sir Peter Heap KCMG, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Commonwealth Countries League attended the stall.