Sri Lanka and the United Kingdom have reviewed the bilateral relations between the two countries when the visiting British Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Hugo Swire met Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera Friday at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Colombo.
Minister Swire has stated that the purpose of his visit was to convey the UK Government's desire to work closely with the newly elected government of President Maithripala Sirisena and to convey a special message from Prime Minister David Cameron.
During the discussions, the two ministers reviewed bilateral relations including exchange of high level visits, prospects for enhanced economic and technical cooperation and support for addressing the human rights and accountability issues.
Minister Swire also discussed with Foreign Minister Samaraweera collaboration in re-invigorating the Commonwealth in Sri Lanka's capacity as the current Chair of the Commonwealth, the External Affairs Ministry said.
In a twitter message following the meeting, Minister Swire said he had a "very good meeting" with Minister Samaraweera and is looking forward to his visit to the UK soon.
Minister Swire also called on President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe and traveled to the Northern Province during his visit to Sri Lanka.