President Maithripala Sirisena returned to the island today (12) after completing a successful three-day State visit to London.
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, attended the Commonwealth Day Observances, themed 'A Young Commonwealth', on Mar.09.
Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma thanked the President for attending the Commonwealth Day and extended his good wishes for the success of the new government.
He also expressed his satisfaction on the measures taken by the government for the welfare of the people living in North and East. While appreciating the government’s decision to formulate a local mechanism to provide inputs in preparing UNHRC report, Mr. Sharma pledged his association’s fullest cooperation towards it.
The president pointed out the necessity to change the electoral system in Sri Lanka and said it will be a good move if the government goes for an election under a new electoral system. He also pointed out the importance of having a strong Parliament to fulfill people’s aspirations.
President Maithripala Sirisena had an audience with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace on March 11.
President Sirisena accompanied by his wife Mrs. Jayanthi Sirisena visited the Palace on an invitation extended by Her Majesty and were warmly received by the Queen. They were engaged in a very cordial and friendly discussion. At the outset, Her Majesty congratulated President Sirisena on his election victory.
President Sirisena apprised the Queen of the current developments in Sri Lanka.
The Queen further said that she is pleased about the way the new Sri Lankan government is conducting its affairs and wished the government success in its future endeavors.
The President Maithripala Sirisena also visited the London Buddhist Viharaya. The Chief Incumbent Monk of the Temple Ven. Gogoda Seelawimala Thera received the President on arrival at the Viharaya premises. President Sirisena inquired about the health of the Ven. Thera.
Ven. Thera said President Maithripala Sirisena has become the common leader of all Sri Lankans by winning the Presidential Election contesting as ‘The Common Candidate.”
It is pride for Sri Lankans living away from their Motherland, the Thera added . The Maha Sangha blessed the President by chanting ‘Seth Pirith.’