President Sirisena attends Anti-Corruption Summit in London

President Sirisena attends Anti-Corruption Summit in London

President Sirisena attends Anti-Corruption Summit in London

Written by Tharushan Fernando

12 May, 2016 | 7:42 pm

The Anti-Corruption Summit 2016 is currently underway in London.The summit which is being held at Lancaster House was also attended by President Maithripala Sirisena.

President Sirisena was received at the Heathrow Airport by the Queen’s special representative Bruce Holder, who is the Deputy Lieutenant to Queen Elizabeth and Kathryn Colvin, Special Representative of the Ministry of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs.

The Anti-Corruption Summit commenced at 10 a,m. London time at Lancaster House under the auspices of British Prime Minister David Cameron.President Sirisena was accorded a warm welcome upon his arrival to the summit.

The summit is the first of its kind, bringing together world leaders, business and civil society to step up global action to expose, punish and drive out corruption.

British Prime Minister,David Cameron noted that corruption is the cancer at the heart of so many problems, that needs to be tackled in the world

He added:

There’s a communique of a very clear set of actions and crucially there is country by country – commitments that countries are making to tackle the actions of corruption that people will be able to check up on and report back on.

“Corruption… is as much of an enemy because it destroys nation states as some of the extremists we’re fighting or as some of the other challenges we face”,said US Secretary of State, John Kerry who further stated that the degree of corruption in the world today is shocking and people are angry and the anger is going to grow unless it is proved to the people that fairness can be established in the system.

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