UK optimistic about relations between UK and Sri Lanka

The British Government is optimistic about relations between Britain and Sri Lanka.

Laura Clarke, Head of South Asia Department of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office made very positive remarks on Sri Lanka – UK relations and the current dynamics which would help in further consolidating the political, economic and cultural  relations between the two countries.

She was speaking at a reception held in London to commemorated the 69th Anniversary of Sri Lanka’s Independence.

High Commissioner Amari Wijewardene, in her address, stated that the commemoration of our independence is in many ways an occasion for us to celebrate the lives of our national heroes and to assess the path that our country has taken over the past 69 years.

Quoting the President, she stated that “…the realization of the true meaning of freedom and independence lies in our potential to free ourselves from the shackles of all kinds and forms of poverty and ill-health, and confines of diverse identities of race, religion and caste, and enrich ourselves, as a society that values equity and rights of all,” and called on everyone to resolve to this endeavour in every possible way.

The event concluded with the singing of the National Anthem in Tamil. The Independence Day messages of the President, Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs were made available to the guests in Sinhala, Tamil and English languages.

The High Commissioner also hosted a reception for the representatives of the diplomatic corps, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Lords and Members of the House of Commons, representatives of the international organizations based in London, Mayors, Councillors, academics and the business community in London.

Patricia Scotland, Commonwealth Secretary General and Her Majesty’s Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps Sir Alistair Harrison were among those present.

Welcoming the guests, High Commissioner Wijewardene highlighted the present government’s efforts on reconciliation and peace and the aggressive development plan carried out throughout the country. She noted the shared historic and cultural ties between the two countries and stated that Britain has and will be, a very important bilateral partner for Sri Lanka.

The High Commissioner concluded her address with a toast to the good health of Her Majesty the Queen and to the people of the United Kingdom. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. If UK really wants to help the poor people in the Commonwealth then they must allow the students to work and study in UK,where they will not only have some qualifications but get to know the advanced life styles in UK,the culture by with the people in UK live by.They should be allowed to work as they only take jobs that locals never accepted and sadly these jobs are taken by people in EU who have no affinity with GB.Their employment is no threat to the locals but great help to the small businesses. FOA and the dev.Ministry must teach or train them to drive properly just like in UK and this is also a must to help the third world.
    FAC also make some provisions to get at least some number of young to be trained as driving instructors and help them to set up a driving schools in the poor Commonwealth countries.
    While they are in UK,say for 10 years of working life should contribute to a pension plan that should be paid after they return to their countries without giving any permanent settlement as the presence in their country of birth will or may help to eradicate corruption and even help with looking after the poor and environment as their countries keep them in ignorance just to loot their countries by the cruel politicans, unless countries like UK wants the third world to be in permanent poverty. At present the privilege very few could venture out and a high majority are from a crooked background with dishonest money. It’s only the enlightened poor kids that will fight for a decent and a just country back home.


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