The Prime Minister was awarded the honorary doctorate in law at a graduation ceremony at the Deakin University in Geelong today.
The award recognises his efforts to help Sri Lanka transition from a country traumatised by protracted, violent conflict toward a stable democracy.
“Mr Wickremesinghe has emphasised the need for reconciliation, whilst ensuring accountability, and enabled groups riven by conflict to find common ground in a more hopeful future,” a Deakin University spokeswoman told AAP.
Ranil Wickremesinghe and his wife Maithree Wickramasinghe arrived in Melbourne last night.
Wickremesinghe will head to Canberra today for a reception with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to commemorate 70 years of Australian-Sri Lankan diplomatic relations, AAP reported.
The pair will engage in a spot of cricket diplomacy later this week when Sri Lanka take on the Prime Minister’s XI team at Manuka Oval in Canberra. (Colombo Gazette)