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Britain says it will support Sri Lanka to promote reconciliation and sustainable peace in the country.

The British High Commissioner in Colombo John Rankin said that Britain;s relationship with sri Lanka is based on mutual respect and shared values in the commonwealth.

He was speaking today (Thursday) at the celebrations to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II held at the British High Commission in Colombo.

Several Ambassadors, government and opposition parliamentarians and VIPs were among the guests. Minister Rishad Badurdeen was the chief guest at the event.

“As a friend of Sri Lanka I can assure you that we will continue to support all the efforts of the government of Sri Lanka and its people to promote reconciliation and a sustainable peace in this country,” the British High Commissioner said.

The External Affairs Ministry had this week summoned Rankin and expressed displeasure over comments he had made in a video recently.

The Ministry was unhappy over Rankin’s comments posted on YouTube where he had urged the government to reduce the military presence in the north, especially in Jaffna and the Wanni.

Pics from the diamond jubilee celebrations at the British High Commission : http://colombogazette.com/celebrating-the-queens-diamond-jubilee/