Commonwealth Secretary General to arrive in Sri Lanka tomorrow


July 31, 2018 (LBO) – Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland QC will arrive in Sri Lanka on Wednesday, for a four-day official visit, the Foreign Ministry said.

This will be her first visit to the country since she assumed the Office of Secretary-General in April 2016.

On 01 August, the Secretary-General will call on Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and meet the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Tilak Marapana.

Her meetings on 02 and 03 August will include the Ministers Malik Samarawickrama, Faiszer Musthapha, Sagala Ratnayake, Ranjith Madduma Bandara, Akila Viraj Kariyawasam and the Leader of Opposition R. Sampanthan.

The main objective of the Secretary-General’s meetings will be to explore greater cooperation and collaboration in the implementation of the agreed outcomes at the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London, including promoting intra-Commonwealth trade.

According to the Foreign Ministry, discussions will also include the implementation of the ‘Commonwealth Blue Charter’, under which Sri Lanka holds the role of a champion country to lead the Commonwealth effort towards the restoration of mangroves.