I look forward to welcoming the President of Sri Lanka, His Excellency Maithripala Sirisena, to Australia from 24 – 26 May.

This will be the first time a Sri Lankan Head of State has made a state visit to Australia and builds on Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s successful visit in February.

2017 marks the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Australia and Sri Lanka. Our deep and enduring friendship is anchored in shared history as Commonwealth countries and through our shared interests as Indian Ocean nations.

Last night I spoke with Prime Minister Theresa May and conveyed to her the heartfelt sympathy, love and condolences of the Australian people to the people of Britain and to the victims and their families, of this shocking, criminal terrorist attack in Manchester.

Neil Mitchell: Thank you for your time. It’s been an awful week - children targeted in terror attacks. A former security adviser to John Howard told me this week he believes schools in Australia could be a future target of supporters of Daesh.


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