British Minister Alok Sharma cancels Sri Lanka visit

British Minister for Asia and the Pacific at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Alok Sharma has cancelled his visit to Sri Lanka this week.

The British High Commission in Colombo said the visit was cancelled after the British Prime Minister announced a snap election to be held in June.

Apart from holding meetings with the Government, Sharma was to speak at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute on April 21 on challenges in a post Brexit world.

The British government had told the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) recently to give Sri Lanka time to fully implement the October 2015 resolution.

Sharma, told the Council during the high-level segment of the last session he welcomes Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera’s constructive engagement at the UNHRC.

“We must give Sri Lanka time to fully implement the October 2015 resolution and post-conflict measures required to embed stability, reconciliation and justice,” he said.

Sharma later had talks with Samaraweera on the sidelines of the 34th session of the UNHRC. (Colombo Gazette)

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