President Maithripala Sirisena and Mrs. Jayanthi Sirisena arrived in London yesterday beginning a four-day official visit the United Kingdom.
Baroness Garden of Frognal Ms. Susan Garden and Sri Lanka’s Acting High Commissioner in London Chanaka Talpahewa received the President at the London Heathrow International Airport.
President Sirisena, as the Chair in Office of the Commonwealth, will attend the Commonwealth Day Observances, themed 'A Young Commonwealth', today.
The day’s events will take place in the presence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II; Head of the Commonwealth, His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, members of the Royal Family and senior politicians, High Commissioners, and Commonwealth dignitaries.
The President will participate in a multi-faith Observance at Westminster Abbey in London, UK, followed by a reception hosted by the Commonwealth Secretary-General, Mr. Kamalesh Sharma, at the Commonwealth Secretariat in Marlborough House, London.
During his visit in London, President Sirisena is expected to hold talks with the British Prime Minister Mr. David Cameron. The President will also meet with members of All-Party Parliamentary Group on Sri Lanka (APGSL) and All-Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils (APPGT) at the House of Lords.
The President will have an audience with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on Wednesday. As is customary, the President will also meet with the Sri Lankan community in the United Kingdom before conclusion of the visit.
Minister of External Affairs Mr. Mangala Samaraweera, Deputy Minister Mr. Ajith P. Perera, Presidential Adviser on International Affairs Dr. Chris Nonis and many senior government officials are accompanying the President.