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.
The High Commission of Sri Lanka in London held its annual Pirith Ceremony on Thursday 16 May followed by a heel dana or almsgiving on the morning of Friday 17 May with the attendance of the Maha Sangha, the British Sri Lankan community in the United Kingdom and High Commission staff.
The Lord Tariq Ahmad of Wimbledon, Minister of State for the Commonwealth and the UN at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, the Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict, and the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy on Freedom of Religion or Belief visited the Sri Lanka High Commission on Thursday 02 May 2019 to sign the Book of Condolence following the tragic terror attacks on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka. The Lord Ahmad was received by the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka Manisha Gunasekera. In a discussion with the High Commissioner, the Lord Ahmad extended his deep condolences to the Government and the people of Sri Lanka and referred to the support being extended by the UK Government to Sri Lanka in various spheres in the aftermath of this tragedy. As the UK Prime Minister’s Envoy on Freedom of Religion, the Lord Ahmad extended his particular concern and sadness with regard to the indiscriminate targeting of a particular religious community, and highlighted the need to build further on interfaith harmony and understanding in the aftermath of this tragedy. The High Commissioner expressed her deep appreciation to Lord Ahmad for the expression of concern, support and solidarity with Sri Lanka following the unprecedented multiple terror attacks.
UK Members of Parliament, faith leaders and the British Sri Lankan community leaders deplored the Easter Sunday terror attacks in Sri Lanka, condoled with the victims’ families, and propounded universal loving kindness at an inter-faith meeting held in the House of Lords, Westminster on Monday 29 April 2019. The interfaith meeting was organised by the Lord Sheikh, Member of the House of Lords in partnership with the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in the UK Manisha Gunasekera, in remembrance of the victims of the Easter Sunday terror attacks in Sri Lanka.
The Sri Lanka tourism industry stands united with the rest of the world against terrorism; as we mourn this horrific tragedy, we must move forward with our enduring Sri Lankan resilience to restore the worlds faith in our beautiful island home and our hospitality which is the heart of the Sri Lankan way of life.