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President Maithripala Sirisena concludes official visit to the United Kingdom PDF Print


President Maithripala Sirisena concludes official visit to the United Kingdom President Maithripala Sirisena concluded a historic official visit to the United Kingdom on 11th March, his second visit overseas since assuming office as President. As Chair-in-Office of the Commonwealth, President Sirisena attended the Commonwealth Day Observance at Westminster Abbey and the Commonwealth Day Reception hosted by Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma at Marlborough House and met Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Head of the Commonwealth and senior members of the Royal family.




On 11 March, President Sirisena and First Lady Jayanthi Sirisena had an audience with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. During the meeting, the Queen reminisced fondly of her first visit to Sri Lanka in 1954, soon after her coronation in 1953 and also her second visit to the country in 1981.

President Sirisena had a productive meeting with Prime Minister David Cameron at No. 10, Downing Street. This was the first occasion when a Head of State of Sri Lanka was received at the official residence of the British Prime Minister since 1982. While commending the President for the achievements of his Government in the short term it had been in office, the Prime Minister expressed confidence that accountability and reconciliation issues would be successfully addressed through a domestic mechanism.


Michael Fallon, Secretary of State for Defence, Edward Miliband, Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the Labour Party, Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander and Commonwealth Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma also called on President Sirisena.

The President met members of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Sri Lanka (APPGSL) at the House of Commons, religious leaders of all faiths, members of the UK branch of the Old Boys Association of Hindu College, Jaffna and representatives of all ethnic groups of the Sri Lankan expatriate community and shared his vision to build a united and inclusive Sri Lanka for which he solicited the support of the expatriate community.

President Sirisena visited the London Buddhist Vihara, the first Vihara established in the UK and presented a relic casket.

Separately, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera met Phillip Hammond, Secretary of State for Commonwealth and Foreign Affairs and Desmond Swayne, Minister of State for International Development.

The Presidential delegation comprised Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Resettlement, Reconstruction and Hindu Religious Affairs D.M Swaminathan, Member of the Central Provincial Council Azath Salley and senior Foreign Ministry officials.

Meeting with the Rt. Hon. Tom Brake MP, Parliamentary Secretary and Deputy Leader of the House of Commons and Assistant Whip PDF Print

The Acting High Commissioner, Dr. Chanaka Talpahewa had a meeting with the Rt. Hon. Tom Brake MP, Parliamentary Secretary and Deputy Leader of the House of Commons and Assistant Whip (HM Treasury) on 11 February 2015 at the House of Commons.

Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Foreign Affairs met the Rt. Hon. Hugo Swire PDF Print



Hon. Mangala Samaraweera Minister of Foreign Affairs met the Rt. Hon. Hugo Swire, Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, United Kingdom at 10, Downing Street, on 09th February 2015.










Meeting with the Rt. Hon. Hugo Swire, Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office PDF Print

The Acting High Commissioner Dr. Chanaka Talpahewa met the Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office The Rt. Hon. Hugo Swire MP on 05th February 2015 at his office.


67th National Day Celebrations 2015 PDF Print



The 67th Independence Day of Sri Lanka was celebrated at the High Commission of Sri Lanka in London. In the Morning the Sri Lankan community living in London attended a traditional Sri Lankan breakfast hosted by the Acting High Commissioner, Dr. Chanaka Talpahewa. The event commenced with hoisting the National Flag, reciting the National Anthem and multi faith religious prayers followed by the reading of the national day messages of HE the President, Hon. Prime Minister and Hon. Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Victims of Tsunami remembered at the Sri Lanka High Commission, London PDF Print

An event was organized by the High Commission of Sri Lanka in London to remember and honour those who lost their lives due to the Tsunami that struck Sri Lanka on 26th December 2004, ten years ago. Religious leaders of all four faiths conducted prayers followed by the welcome address of the Acting High Commissioner Dr. Chanaka Talpahewa.

H.R.H. Prince Harry sent a special message to the event which was read out by Mr. Alistair Harrison CMG CVO, Her Majesty’s Marshal of the Diplomatic Corp. who also spoke. Mrs. Cherie Blair, wife of Sir Tony Blair, former Prime Minister, who involved with her husband for helping the Tsunami affected countries in 2004 also spoke at the event and remembered how UK public was united in helping the Tsunami affected countries. She also appreciated the effort made by the Government of Sri Lanka in addressing the immediate humanitarian needs of the victims and carefully handling the situation in the aftermath of the Tsunami.

Mr. Rob Forkan who was in Sri Lanka on holiday with his parents in 2004 while he was 13 and lost both of his parents to the Tsunami and started a charity called ‘Gandys’ spoke at the event and shared his experience. He explained the reasons for his determination for establishing ‘Gandys’ to help the needy. Ms. Della Far of Oxford who was in Sri Lanka during 2004 Tsunami and survived with the help and support of a Sri Lankan Fisherman, also shared her experience. Mr. Richard Gordon, MBE, Director, Bournemouth University Disaster Management Centre (BUDMC) addressing the gathering explained the work done in Sri Lanka as well as measures put in place to minimize negative effects of the natural disasters of this nature. Commonwealth Secretary General H.E. Kamalesh Sharma, Heads of Mission, many members of the Diplomatic Corp as well as UK Government officials, especially from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), attended the event.

This event brought together a cross section of the UK community and Sri Lankans living in the UK. A photo exhibition was also organized with the participation of the charities to show the devastation of the Tsunami and the development work undertook by the Government of Sri Lanka as well as the charities. A forty five minutes program on Sri Lanka produced by Wales ITV, UK about the 2004 Tsunami devastation and the status of development after ten years (i.e. 2014) was screened.

High Commission of Sri Lanka
30th January, 2015


Annual Pirith Chanting and Almsgiving PDF Print

Annual Pirith Chanting and Almsgiving


The High Commission of Sri Lanka

cordially invites

Sri Lankans living in the UK to the

Annual Pirith Chanting Ceremony on Friday, 14th November, 2014

from 7.00pm to 11.00pm


Almsgiving (Heel Dana) on Saturday, 15th November, 2014

at 7.00am

At the High Commission premises

to invoke blessings on

His Excellency the President and the people of Sri Lanka

Address: 13, Hyde Park Gardens, London W2 2LU


Contact No: 020 262 1841

(Nearest Tube Stations – Lancaster Gate & Paddington)



Sinhala Version Tamil Version






Minister Peiris refutes unfounded allegations against Ministry Secretary PDF Print

The Minister of External Affairs, Prof. G.L. Peiris has strongly rejected malicious news reports appearing in certain sections of the media recently, imputing impropriety on the part of the Secretary to the Ministry, Mrs. Kshenuka Senewiratne in the award of a contract for the renovation of the official residence of Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative in Geneva.

Issuing a Statement, Minister Peiris has stated that while wrongdoing should not go unpunished, it is important to ensure that officials performing their public duty in good faith are accorded legitimate protection. This is especially so, as public officials have limited opportunity to defend themselves, and unfounded and reckless allegations are bound to affect their morale.

The Minister further noted that it is a matter for deep regret that the gravest of allegations should have been hurled against a senior public official with such blatant irresponsibility and with so little regard for the truth.

The full text of the Minister’s Statement is attached.

Ministry of External Affairs

21st October 2014

Deepavali Celebrations

Deepavali Celebrations

The High Commission of Sri Lanka

Cordially invites

All Sri Lankans living in the UK to the

Deepavali Celebration

On Friday the 24th October 2014 at 1830 hrs

To be held at 13, Hyde Park Gardens, London W2 2LU

(Nearest Tube Stations – Lancaster Gate & Paddington)

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0207 262 1841 Ext – 289


Media Statement

Media Statement

The Government of Sri Lanka has noted with concern the decision of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) on 16th October, to annul the EU regulations proscribing the LTTE. The defendants of this case have been the Council and Commission of the European Union, together with two member states, the Netherlands and the UK.

Expectedly, the ECJ judgment requires in-depth study by all the defendant parties. It is noteworthy that the Court has stressed the annulments to be “on fundamentally procedural grounds” and “do not imply any substantive assessment of the question of the classification of the LTTE as a terrorist group.” Further it is observed from the decision of the ECJ that “the effects of the annulled measures are maintained temporarily in order to ensure the effectiveness of any possible future freezing of funds”.

Conscious of the fact that the listing of the LTTE is a matter internal to the EU, Sri Lanka is confident that the European Commission and the EU Member States will take the best possible decision on the future course of action to be taken in this regard, in accordance with their own legal architecture in preserving sovereignty.

The EU proscribed the LTTE as a terrorist organization in May 2006, and has remained on its list of terrorist entities ever since. Apart from the EU, the LTTE is proscribed as a terrorist organization in the USA, India, Canada, the UK and Sri Lanka.

The Government of Sri Lanka has fully supported the EU in its listing of the LTTE and has periodically provided information supportive of the regulation and also with a view to facilitate the Commission’s defence in the ECJ. The Government remains committed to provide to the European Commission and EU Member States, any further assistance and information available, to maintain the LTTE as a brutal terrorist organization.

It is noteworthy that a number of EU member countries have carried out investigations against LTTE activists in their territories, some of which are ongoing, while some have resulted in the accused being sentenced by Court.

Sri Lanka is further mindful that the ECJ decision may have an impact including from a security perspective, on the large majority of Sri Lankans living in EU territory, as well as EU citizens of Sri Lankan origin, who are likely to come under pressure once again by pro LTTE activists.

Ministry of External Affairs

16 October 2014

Minister Peiris holds talks with South Korean counterpart

Prof. G.L. Peiris, Minister of External Affairs, held bilateral discussions with Mr. Yun Byung-se, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea on the sidelines of the Democracy Forum in Bali, Indonesia.

The talks focused on trade and investment, as well as cooperation on political issues and the expansion of employment opportunities for Sri Lankans in the Republic of Korea.

Prof. G.L. Peiris briefed his South Korean counterpart comprehensively on current political and economic developments in Sri Lanka.

Ministry of External Affairs

12th October 2014

Sri Lanka should be judged in proportion to the challenges faced by a country emerging from a 30 year terrorist conflict - Ambassador Aryasinha tells the Human Rights Committee in Geneva E-mail


Sri Lanka's Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva and Leader of the Sri Lanka delegation to the Human Rights Committee Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha asked the Human Rights Committee to “judge Sri Lankain proportion to the challenges Sri Lanka has continued to face as a country emerging from a 30 year terrorist conflict".

The Ambassador made this observation in responding to comments made during the consideration of Sri Lanka's 5th Periodic Report under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) by the Human Rights Committee,which was held on 7-8 October 2014 in Geneva. The Human Rights Committee comprises a body of independent experts from 18 countries that monitors implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights by its State parties.

Responding to a question raised by the Committee as to why the PTA is still in existence in Sri Lanka, Ambassador Aryasinha said Sri Lanka does not shy away from making considered choices and is adept at differentiating, in the best interest of its people. He recalled that notwithstanding security concerns, the government had speedily resettled almost all internally displaced persons, that out of approximately 12,000 LTTE ex-combatants who have been reintegrated into society, all but 114 are undergoing rehabilitation, and 84 are under legal proceedings, and that in 2011 the government had allowed emergency to lapse, which at the time many felt was too hasty. In spite of concerns raised, the Government of Sri Lanka had taken these calculated risks. He said, the government had to keep the PTA in effect, albeit reluctantly, due to recent incidents pointing to attempts at the resurgence of terrorism in Sri Lanka with involvement of external networks. He pointed out that such caution was also taken by many governments who have had to face the threat of terrorism.

In his opening statement,the Ambassador welcomed the opportunity to interact with the Human Rights Committee, and through it to continue the constructive engagement Sri Lanka has maintained with the processes of the UN human rights mechanisms.

Sri Lanka opens London Stock Exchange PDF Print E-mail

Sri Lanka on Friday livened up the London Stock Exchange (LSE) as the country was symbolically partnered for the market opening at 8 a.m. The move by the LSE was to mark the highly-successful Investor Forum in London, in which it was also involved. LSE’s ties with Sri Lanka got a big boost when it acquired MillenniumIT, the capital markets software specialist.


The LSE is powered by solutions developed by MIT as well. SEC Chairman Dr. Nalaka Godahewa, Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner in UK Dr. Chris Nonis, LSE CEO Alexander Justham, CSE Chairman Krishan Belandra, Director and incoming Chairman Vajira Kulatilaka, CEO Rajeeva Bandaranaike, SEC Commissioners Zuraish Hashim and Lolitha Abeysinghe and MIT Sri Lankan executives and Sri Lanka High Commission officials were among others present at the market opening of the LSE, which was followed by logos of the CSE and SEC flashed across the main trading screen of the LSE – Pix by Nisthar Cassim in London

(Courtesy : DailyFT - June 2, 2014 )

Vesak Celebration and Almsgiving at the Sri Lanka High Commission in the UK E-mail
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The High Commission of Sri Lanka in the United Kingdom organized an almsgiving for twenty Venerable members of the Maha Sanga representing the Buddhist temples in the UK, on Wednesday 14th May, with the participation of the Sri Lankan community, as part of its Vesak Celebrations, and also to invoke blessings on H.E. President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Government and the people of Sri Lanka. The High Commission premises were colourfully adorned with Vesak lanterns, Buddhist flags and decorations.

Chief Sanganayaka of Great Britain & Head of the London Buddhist Vihara Ven. Bogoda Seelawimala Nayaka Thero; Chief Incumbent of the Kingsbury Saddhatissa International Buddhist Vihara, Ven. Galayaye Piyadassi Nayaka Thero; Chief Incumbent of the Birmingham Jetavana Buddhist Temple Ven. Keppetiyagoda Gunawansa Nayaka Thero; and Ven. Maha Sanga from the following Buddhist Viharas also participated at the Almsgiving:- Athula Dassana International Buddhist Temple, Hounslow; East London Buddhist Cultural Centre, Plaistow; Upton Temple, Plaistow; Thames Buddhist Vihara, Croydon; Mahamevnawa Asapuwa, Billericay; Scotland Buddhist Vihara, Scotland; and Redbridge Buddhist Cultural Centre, Ilford.

Ven. Bogoda Seelawimala Nayaka Thero, Ven Dr Handupalpola Mahinda Nayaka Thero, and Ven Dedunupitiye Upananda Thero, in their Anusasanas outlined the meaning of the Triple Festival of Vesak commemorating the Birth, Enlightenment and Parinirvana of the Buddha; the universality of Buddhism; and the imperative of unity of all Sri Lankans.

In his concluding remarks, Ven Bogoda Seelawimala Nayaka Thero commended the service rendered by the High Commissioner and staff and for their active participation in many Temple events throughout the UK, and that this was reflected in the participation of the Ven Maha Sanga from so many Temples in the UK in the High Commission’s Vesak celebration and almsgiving today.

Hon Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa visits Sri Lanka High Commission in London PDF Print



The Hon Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa was in the UK to attend a meeting of the Executive Committee of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA). The Hon Speaker is the immediate Past President of the CPA.

The Hon Speaker was welcomed by High Commissioner Dr. Chris Nonis, to the Sri Lanka High Commission, during his stay in London. The Hon Speaker commended the work carried out by the staff of the Mission for the Sri Lankan community, as well as the several Commonwealth related events held at the High Commission in recognition of His Excellency President Mahinda Rajapaksa assuming the Chair-in-Office of the Commonwealth.

High Commission of Sri Lanka

08 May 2014


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