|Visit of His Excellency Maithripala Sirisena, President of Sri Lanka to attend the Anti-Corruption Summit in London 11-12 May 2016|
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|Monday, 16 May 2016 17:41|
President Maithripala Sirisena arrived in London on 11th May 2016 and was received on arrival by Deputy Lieutenant to Her Majesty the Queen, Bruce Holder, Special Representative of the Secretary of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs, Kathryn Colvin, Acting High Commissioner Sugeeshwara Gunaratna and the staff of the High Commission.
President Sirisena attended the Anti-Corruption Summit 2016 hosted by the UK Prime Minister David Cameron at Lancaster House on 12th May 2016.
Prior to the commencement of the Summit, the UK Prime Minister hosted President Sirisena and other Heads of State/Government attending the Summit to a breakfast meeting at Lancaster House.
The deliberations of the Summit took place under three topics: Exposing Corruption, Tackling Corruption and Driving out Corruption. A focus session on combating corruption in the world of sports was also held. The Summit adopted a Global Declaration (Annex I) and Communiqué (Annex II). Paragraph 18 of the Communiqué welcomed proposals for a Global Asset Recovery Forum to be held in 2017, co-hosted by the United States and United Kingdom, with support from the World Bank and UNODC Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative (StAR), which will focus on assistance to Nigeria, Ukraine, Tunisia and Sri Lanka.
President Sirisena delivered a statement under the theme ‘Driving out Corruption’ highlighting the measures taken by the Government of Sri Lanka to strengthen democratic institutions, combat corruption and ensure the Rule of Law (Copy of the speech available at https://www.president.gov.lk/news/the-full-text-of-the-speech-by-president-maithripala-sirisena-at-the-anti-corruption-summit-held-in-london-on-may-12/ ). He particularly emphasized the need of a global partnership to battle bribery, corruption and fraud. President Sirisena voiced his support for the establishment of an International Anti-Corruption Coordination Centre (IACCC) for law enforcement agencies and for strengthened international cooperation in this regard. The Session was chaired by H.E. Juan Manuel Santos, President of Colombia.
On the sidelines of the Summit, President Sirisena held discussions with UK Prime Minister Cameron on issues of mutual interest. The UK Secretary of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs, The Rt. Hon. Philip Hammond MP also called on him at Lancaster House.
Representatives of around 45 countries and International Organizations, including 12 invited Heads of State/Government, participated at the Summit.
President Sirisena left for New Delhi on 12th May 2016.
High Commission of Sri Lanka
16 May 2016
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