The Commonwealth Secretary-General, Kamalesh Sharma met President Mahinda Rajapaksa, in London on Thursday.
The two had wide-ranging discussions including economic and political developments in Sri Lanka. The talks also covered areas in which the Commonwealth’s support could be provided including constitutional reform, local government and elections, criminal justice, public sector reform, and implementation of the National Action Plan on Human Rights, the Commonwealth Secretariat said.
The Secretary-General and the President also discussed ongoing Commonwealth work including progress by an Eminent Persons Group examining options to strengthen the Commonwealth’s impact, networks and profile, as well as a review of the role of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group in protecting the Commonwealth’s political values including democracy, constitutional government, the rule of law and human rights.
Sri Lanka is scheduled to host the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in 2013.