Apr 19, London: The Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain has officially opened the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) Thursday at the Buckingham Palace.
Heads of Government including Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and senior leaders from 53 Commonwealth Member Countries, as well as the Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland participated in the event.
The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, was accompanied by the Prince of Wales.
Prince Charles welcomed the guests saying that the modern Commonwealth had a role to play in building bridges between member states creating 'fairer societies within them and a more secure world around them'.
Officially opening CHOGM, The Queen spoke of the enduring influence of the Commonwealth.
"Put simply, we are one of the world's great convening powers, a global association of volunteers who believe in the tangible benefits that flow from exchanging ideas and experiences and respecting each other's point of view," she said.
The theme this year is “Towards a Common Future” and the special attention will be given to the areas of prosperity, security, fairness and sustainability to achieve the goals of Commonwealth countries.
The Sri Lankan President will be addressing the Heads of State summit this afternoon London time.