President to address Anti-Corruption Summit today

President to address Anti-Corruption Summit today

May 12, 2016   12:02 pm

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President Maithripala Sirisena is scheduled to address the Anti- Corruption Summit – 2016 being held in London today at around 2.30pm (local time) and it will be telecast live on Ada Derana 24X7.

The President and the delegation left the country from Bandaranaike International Airport, Katunayake yesterday to participate in the summit which will be commence today (May 12) in London, under the patronage of the British Prime Minister David Cameron, with participation of the leaders of several countries and other representatives. 

He was received at the Heathrow Airport by Queen’s special representative Bruce Holder, who is the Deputy Lieutenant to Queen Elizabeth and Kathryn Colvin, Special Representative of the Ministry of State for Foreign, Sugeeshwara Gunaratna acting high commissioner of UK and Commonwealth Affairs and the officials of the Sri lanka High Commission.

President Sirisena is participating in this summit, accepting the invitation extended by the British Premier when they met at the CHOGM held in Malta last January.

The President will also hold bilateral discussions with Mr. Cameron during this visit.

Prime Minister David Cameron will host the landmark international anti-corruption summit in London on May 12, 2016.

This is the first summit of its kind, bringing together world leaders, business and civil society to agree a package of practical steps to step up global action to expose, punish and drive out corruption in all walks of life.

The summit will be preceded by a conference on May 11 for leaders in civil society, business and government who are championing the fight against corruption.

The anti-corruption summit is being hailed as the first of its kind, bringing together governments, business and civil society.

No full list of those attending the Lancaster House summit has been published, but participants will include US Secretary of State John Kerry, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.

The summit has already been overshadowed by controversy after it emerged that Mr Cameron had described Nigeria and Afghanistan as “fantastically corrupt”.

He made the comment while talking to the Queen at Buckingham Palace and his words were caught on camera.

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