The UK has not advised its nationals to stay away from Sri Lanka, new British High Commissioner Dominick Chilcott said yesterday.
Addressing the staff and the media at the British High Commission, Chilcott said Britain gives priority for achieving peace in Sri Lanka.
The British Government will continue to commit funds to support peace building projects. `The UK has already contributed to Sri Lanka to assist post tsunami reconstruction and poverty reduction by granting debt relief,` he added.
The High Commissioner also highlighted the importance of the visa operation which enables Sri Lankans to travel to the UK. He would also take steps to combat immigration crime.
The importance of having a high standard of English was also emphasised at the function as English is the gateway to access the global market.
The ceremony commenced with the lighting of the traditional oil lamp and singing of Jayamangala Gatha by the Musaeus College choir highlighting the cultural union between the two countries.