|His Excellency Dr Chris Nonis Presents His Credentials to Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II|
Sri Lanka’s new High Commissioner to Great Britain Dr Chris Nonis recently presented his credentials to the Queen Elizabeth II. A doctor by profession, Dr Nonis was the Chairman of the Mackwoods Group of Companies at the time of accepting the post of High Commissioner.
The Vice Marshall of the Diplomatic Corps, Simon Martin proposing the toast to His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa said that they are very pleased that the Government of Sri Lanka has appointed a High Commissioner who has a wide knowledge about Britain and its people. He mentioned that Dr Nonis has already engaged very well with British society, the diplomatic community and the Diaspora, within a short period of time.
Addressing the gathering, High Commissioner Dr Nonis said that Sri Lanka has achieved peace under the leadership of His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa and has in place comprehensive reconciliation and development programmes. He requested the diaspora and other well wishers of Sri Lanka to actively get involved in the on going economic and social development efforts, especially to achieve growth with equity and ensure the peace dividend accrues to the rural areas as well. Dr Nonis emphasised that rather than being influenced by adverse media campaigns by a few interested groups, he instead invited all those in Britain to personally visit Sri Lanka to observe the true facts and ascertain for themselves the substantial progress made by Sri Lanka in the post conflict era.
( Photo: Rohan Herath )