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SL envoy in UK presents credentials to Queen

Sri Lankan High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Saroja Sirisena presents Letters of Credence to Queen Elizabeth II.
Sri Lankan High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Saroja Sirisena presents Letters of Credence to Queen Elizabeth II.

Sri Lankan High Commissioner the United Kingdom Saroja Sirisena presented Letters of Credence to Queen Elizabeth II at a ceremonial event held at Buckingham Palace on March 10.

High Commissioner Sirisena and her spouse, Dr. Sudath Talpahewa were escorted to Buckingham Palace, accompanied by Deputy High Commissioner Samantha Pathirana, Minister (Commercial) Dr. Lakimini Mendis, Minister Counsellor (Defence) Brigadier D.B.S.N. Bothota and Counsellor (Commonwealth and Political Affairs) N.L.A. Haleem by traditional horse carriages of the Royal Mews.

High Commissioner Sirisena conveyed greetings from President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to the Queen. The discussion focused on deepening and intensifying the longstanding political, economic and cultural relations between Sri Lanka and the UK and also with the Commonwealth.

She also highlighted the importance of further exploring trade and investment opportunities between the two countries after Brexit. Permanent Under Secretary and Head of the Diplomatic Service at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Sir Simon McDonald was also present the ceremony.

At the conclusion of the ceremony at Buckingham Palace, a reception was held at the High Commission for Members of the House of Lords and House of Commons, representatives of the UK Government, members of the diplomatic corps based in London and the British-Sri Lankan community.

High Commissioner Sirisena joined the Sri Lanka Foreign Service in 1998 and served as the Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the Republic of Austria and Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations Office in Vienna immediately prior to her appointment in London.

Her previous diplomatic posts include Consul General of Sri Lanka in Mumbai; Minister, Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations Office in Geneva; Minister Counsellor, Sri Lanka Embassy in Brussels, and First Secretary, Sri Lankan Embassy in Paris.

High Commissioner Sirisena is a graduate of the University of Melbourne, Australia and the École Nationale d’Administration in France. She is a past pupil of Devi Balika Vidyalaya, Colombo.


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