British Foreign Office Minister for Asia, Hugo Swire met with Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera on the first visit of a Sri Lankan government official to the UK since the new government was formed.
Welcoming the Sri Lankan Minister, the Foreign Office Minister said the fact that the two ministers had visits in both countries in the first month of the new government in Sri Lanka show the importance they both place on reinvigorating the relationship between the two countries.
Swire said he was delighted to welcome Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister, Mangala Samaraweera, to the UK after the warm reception he received in Sri Lanka during his visit to the island at the end of last month.
"Following the warm reception I received in Sri Lanka at the end of last month, I was delighted to welcome Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister, Mangala Samaraweera, to the UK this afternoon. The fact that we have had visits in both directions in the first month of the new government goes to show the importance we both place on reinvigorating our relationship," Swire said in a statement.
The two ministers have discussed again the importance of Sri Lanka making progress on reconciliation and accountability, and the new government's desire to work closely with the international community.
"As I made clear when I visited Colombo and Jaffna just two weeks ago, the UK is a long-standing friend of Sri Lanka, and stands ready to help in any way it can," the British Minister added.
Following the meeting with the British Minister in London on Monday, Minister Samaraweera has left for the United States where he will hold discussions with Secretary of State John Kerry today.
The Minister has already met with the Assistant secretary of State for South and Central Asia Nish Biswal, who also paid a visit to Sri Lanka earlier this month.