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Australia–Sri Lanka 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations

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Reception in honour of Sri Lankan Prime Minister Wickremesinghe

Reception in honour of Sri Lankan Prime Minister Wickremesinghe

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe visited Australia from 13–17 February 2017 to mark the 70th Anniversary of diplomatic relations.

During this visit, Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull welcomed Prime Minister Wickremesinghe to Australia with a reception at Parliament House.

The event brought together around 500 prominent members of the Sri Lankan community, the Australian and Sri Lankan cricket fraternity and prominent leaders in business and academia.

Prime Ministers spoke warmly of our strong historical ties, common values and shared interest – including cricket – as well as our modern and dynamic relationship.

The event was also a chance to welcome the touring Sri Lankan cricket team, which were playing the PM's XI in Canberra the next day.

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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe signed the Visitor's book at Parliament House. Credit: Michael Masters, Auspic.
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Indigenous Dancers lead Prime Minister Turnbull and Wickremesinghe into the Great Hall at Parliament House. Credit: Michael Masters, Auspic.
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Prime Minister Turnbull speaks to Sri Lankan community and government, business and academic leaders gathered in Parliament House. Credit: Michael Masters, Auspic.
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Prime Minister Wickremesinghe delivers a warm address to members of the Sri Lankan community and government, business and academic leaders at his official reception in Parliament House. Credit: Michael Masters, Auspic.
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Prime Minister Turnbull speaks with member of the Sri Lankan community invited to Parliament House for a reception in honour of visiting Sri Lankan Prime Minister Prime Minister Wickremesinghe. Credit: Michael Masters, Auspic.
Last Updated: 2 March 2017
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