President Mahinda Rajapaksa accompanied by First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa Arrived in London Monday (04) to attend the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations of Queen Elizabeth II.
During his visit to London, President Rajapaksa and the First Lady are scheduled to attend a reception at Buckingham Palace and a concert, Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral, a reception at Guildhall and a lunch hosted by the Commonwealth Secretary General Kamlesh Sharma in honour of the Queen.
President will also make a special address at the Commonwealth Economic Forum organized by the Commonwealth Business Council and the City of London.
Following his London visit, the President and the First Lady will visit Vatican and have an audience with the Pope. The President will have a private meeting with the Pope at the Papal Library.
President Rajapaksa will also participate in Vesak celebrations organized by the Sri Lankan Embassy in Rome at the FAO headquarters.
Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris, parliamentarian Sajin de Vass Gunawardena, Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga also accompanied the President.