Appointment of Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva, Commander of the Sri Lanka Army

With reference to comments that have appeared since the above appointment, the following is noted:

  • The appointment of the Army Commander of Sri Lanka is a sovereign decision by the Head of State.
  • Foreign entities trying to influence the decisions and internal administrative processes of public service promotions in Sri Lanka is unwarranted and unacceptable.
  • Articulating a position of concern on this appointment by certain bilateral partners and international organizations, based on allegations, is regrettable and contrary to the principles of natural justice espoused by all responsible members of the international community.

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Sri Lanka High Commission welcomes a multi-school Girl Guide contingent from Sri Lanka at the High Commission premises in London

The High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in the United Kingdom Manisha Gunasekera met with a 16-member delegation from the Sri Lanka Girl Guides Association on Monday 05 August 2019 at the Sri Lankan High Commission in London.  Fourteen girl guides from Musaeus College Colombo, Girls High School Kandy, Hillwood College Kandy and Maliyadewa Balika Vidyalaya Kurunegala led by the Sri Lanka Girl Guides Association International Commissioner Manishini Ekanayake and Guide Captain Shiromi Serasinghe were in the UK to participate in a Girl Guide Camp in Leicestershire.

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High Commissioner Manisha Gunasekera Meets with the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan

 

The High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to the United Kingdom Manisha Gunasekera met with the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan on Thursday 04 July 2019 at the City Hall in London.  The High Commissioner had a productive discussion with the London Mayor on strengthening Sri Lanka’s cooperation with the city of London, as well as the significant contribution by the British Sri Lankan community in London to the city’s development and prosperity.

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Sri Lanka appreciates support and solidarity extended by the Commonwealth membership in the aftermath of the Easter Sunday tragedy

Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka Ravinatha Aryasinha at the Commonwealth Foreign Affairs Ministers Meeting (CFAMM)

Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha on Wednesday (10 July) conveyed Sri Lanka’s appreciation for the support and solidarity extended by the Commonwealth membership and the Secretary-General in the aftermath of the Easter Sunday tragedy, and called for greater focus in countering violent extremism within the Commonwealth.  Welcoming the ‘Christchurch Call Initiative’ which reaffirms the importance of addressing threats posed by terrorism and violent extremism online and commits countries and online service providers to work together to tackle them, the Foreign Secretary commended the adoption of the Commonwealth Cyber Declaration with members’ commitment to a peaceful and secure internet. » Read more

Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga is awarded the 2019 Common Ground Award for her vision and commitment to peace and reconciliation

Former President H E Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga being presented with the 2019 Common Ground Award by H E Roza Otunbayeva, 2018 Common Ground Awardee and the first female President of Kyrgyzstan

Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, Sri Lanka’s first and only female President, was awarded the 2019 Common Ground Award for her vision, courage and commitment to peace and reconciliation by Search for Common Ground at a reception organized in her honour on Monday 17 June 2019 at the Cholmondeley Room, House of Lords in London. The former President received the award from Roza Otunbayeva, the 2018 Common Ground Awardee and the first female President of Kyrgyzstan.

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High Commissioner Manisha Gunasekera Meets with the UK Minister of State for Security Ben Wallace

 

High Commissioner Manisha Gunasekera met with the UK Minister of State for Security and Economic Crime Ben Wallace on Thursday 13 June 2019 at the Home Office in London.  The High Commissioner had a productive discussion with Minister Wallace on issues of relevance and mutual interest including cooperation in the area of counter-terrorism. The meeting took place as follow up to the Minister’s visit to Sri Lanka on 02 – 03 May 2019.  

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Sri Lanka High Commission in London hosts Annual Iftar Dinner with British Sri Lankan Muslim Community, Community Representatives and Faith Leaders

Welcome Address by High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to the UK Manisha Gunasekera

The High Commission of Sri Lanka in London hosted its annual Iftar Dinner on Wednesday 22 May at the Mission premises.  The Iftar Dinner was organized in collaboration with the Council of Sri Lankan Muslim Organizations (COSMOS UK), with the participation of the British Sri Lankan Muslim community, representatives of key British Sri Lankan associations in the UK, as well as distinguished faith leaders representing the four main religions in Sri Lanka.  The representatives of the Sri Lanka Islamic Association and the Sri Lanka Malay Association also participated in the Iftar.  The Lord Mohamed Sheikh, member of the House of Lords, friend of Sri Lanka and President of the Conservative Muslim Forum, was the Guest of Honour.

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