Sept 21, Colombo: The Sri Lankan delegation including President Ranil Wickramasinghe who participated in the funeral ceremony of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom returned to the island this morning (21), President’s Media Division announced.
The delegation, including the President, arrived at Bandaranaike International Airport at Katunayake from Dubai on an Emirates Airline flight EK 650 at around 8.23 a.m. today.
Security has been tightened in the Katunayake Airport, in the surrounding area, on both sides of the Colombo Katunayake Expressway and around the runway, Neth News reported.
In response to the false information circulating in media about the President’s visit, the President’s Media Division yesterday said based on the official invitation received for this occasion, only President’s Private Secretary Sandra Perera and President’s Director on International Relations Dinouk Colombage joined the official delegation along with the President. In addition, the President’s official doctor attended.
First Lady Senior Professor Maithree Wickramasinghe participated the tour at her personal expense and Presidential Advisor on Climate Change and Deputy Leader of the United National Party (UNP) Ruwan Wijewardena also joined the Sri Lankan Diaspora meeting held yesterday (19) while on a private visit to the United Kingdom.