Discusses current political situation in SL
Ministers Malik Samarawickrama and Sagala Ratnayake with British Home Secretary, Theresa May.
by Sujeeva Nivunhella in London
Two Sri Lankan Ministers met with British Prime Minister, David Cameron, where discussions centered on current political developments in Sri Lanka.
Development Strategies and International Trade Minister, Malik Samarawickrama, MP, and Southern Development Minister, Sagala Ratnayake, MP, who attended the recently concluded Conservative Party Conference in Manchester held talks with the British premier.
UNP Campaign Manager, Mahinda Haradasa, was also a Sri Lankan participant at this conference.
The two parliamentarians also held a meeting with British Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond, MP, Home Secretary Theresa May, MP, Minister of State for Trade & Investment, Lord Francis Maude, Secretary of State for International Development, Justine Greening, MP, and Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Greg Hands, MP.
The two ministers also held talks with the Executive Committee of the Conservative Friends of Sri Lanka (CFSL), who facilitated meetings aimed at strengthening Anglo-Sri Lanka relations promoting increased parliamentary dialogue and developing greater opportunities for trade and investment between the two countries.
CFSL arranged bilateral meetings with many British parliamentarians on the sidelines of the conference including Andrew Rosindell, Romford MP and member of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, Ranil Jayewardena, North East Hampshire MP and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Sri Lanka (APPG-SL), David Morris, Morecambe and Lunesdale MP and Government Ambassador for the Self-Employed & Freelancers, Stephen Hammond, Wimbledon MP and former Transport Minister, Bob Blackman, Harrow East MP and member of the Select Committees on Backbench Business, Communities & Local Government, Chris Philp, South Croydon MP and member of the Treasury Select Committee, Geoffrey Van Orden, MEP and Vice Chair of the European Conservatives & Reformists Group.
Ranil Jayewardena said that he recently received a written invitation from Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and that the APPG-SL would probably arrange for a cross-party parliamentary delegation to visit the country early 2016 at a mutually convenient time.