Road to recovery
For her first Independence Day celebration in London, the High Commissioner for Sri Lanka Ms Amari Wijewardene brought some welcome South Asian warmth to a cold London evening.
As Sri Lanka marks its 69th anniversary of independence, the High Commissioner reflected on the turbulent 30-year civil war from which the country is only now beginning to recover. “The present government is focusing on reconciliation, peace and economic development and Britain will continue to be a very important bilateral partner for us,” she said, as well as a valued member of the Commonwealth.
Echoing those sentiments, the FCO’s Head of South Asia Laura Clarke said since the election of President Sirsena, bilateral relations had strengthened with Britain funding projects aimed at achieving long-term stability and prosperity for all, from demining to community policing and building capacity to combat corruption. “The UK is committed to helping Sri Lanka win the peace after so many years of war,” she said.
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