Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe arrived at the Melbourne Air Port, Australia Monday (13) commencing a four day official visit on an invitation by the Australian Government. The Premier and delegation was received by the Victoria State Prime Minister Daniel Andrews and Australian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka Bryce Hutchesson.
Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Australia Somasundaram Skandakumar and officials of the Sri Lankan High Commission in Australia also participated at the event.Professor Maithri Wickremesinghe, Irrigation and Water Resources Management Minister Vijith Vijayamuni Soyza, Ports and Shipping Minister Arjuna Ranatunga, Foreign Affairs Deputy Minister Dr.Harsha de Silva, Secretary to the Prime Minister Saman Ekanayake, Additional Secretary to the Prime Minister Saman Athaudahetti and Special Assistant Sandra Perera too are taking part the official visit.
Daily Financial Review, Tuesday, 14 February 2017.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is set to receive an honorary doctorate on the first day of his official visit to Australia. The Prime Minister will be awarded an honorary doctorate in law at a graduation ceremony at Deakin University in Geelong on Tuesday, the AAP News reported. The award recognizes Wickremesinghe’s efforts to help Sri Lanka transition from a country traumatized by protracted, violent conflict toward a stable democracy.
“Mr. Wickremesinghe has emphasized the need for reconciliation, whilst ensuring accountability, and enabled groups riven by conflict to find common ground in a more hopeful future,” a Deakin University spokeswoman told AAP.
He’ll also meet with Victorian Governor Linda Dessau and will head to Canberra on Tuesday for a reception with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to commemorate 70 years of Australian-Sri Lankan diplomatic relations.