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Sunday, March 08, 2015 - 1.30 GMT

President leaves for London to attend the Commonwealth Day celebrations
 

 

President Maithripala Sirisena accompanied by his wife, Mrs. Jayanthi Sirisena Saturday left for England on a three-day official visit.

President Sirisena, as the Chair-in-Office of the Commonwealth, will attend the Commonwealth Day Observances scheduled to be held in London on Tuesday 9th March.

Young people, schools, communities and civil society organizations on the second Monday in March every year celebrate Commonwealth Day across the Commonwealth. It provides an opportunity to promote understanding on global issues, international co-operation and the work of Commonwealth organizations. The theme for 2015 is 'A Young Commonwealth'.

The day is marked by a range of activities, including a multi-faith Observance at Westminster Abbey in London, UK, followed by a reception hosted by the Commonwealth Secretary-General, Mr. Kamalesh Sharma.

The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh will preside over the event.
The Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) meeting will also take place on the 12th March.

During his visit, President Sirisena is expected to hold talks with the British Prime Minister David Cameron.

Minister of External Affairs, Mangala Samaraweera, Deputy Minister Ajith P. Perera and many senior government officials are accompanying the President.

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