Ranil receives doctorate award from Deakin University

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has received an honorary doctorate from the Deakin University in Australia.

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)


  1. People who betrayed Sri Lanka are garlanded with fake honours. People who gave leadership to bring peace to Sri Lanka by finishing the war are branded as Terrorists.


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