Commonwealth summit begins today


President Maithripala Sirisena, arrived in Malta last afternoon to attend the heads of government meeting commencing this morning.

President Maithripala Sirisena is scheduled to hand over the Commonwealth chairmanship to Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat.

President Sirisena, who is the current Chair-in-Office of the Commonwealth, received accolades for his commitment to promote commonwealth principles.

The Secretary General of Commonwealth Secretariat, Dr. Kamlesh Sharma said the President Maithripala Sirisena did a wonderful job to promote Commonwealth ideals.

Speaking to media after a joint press conference with Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat at the CHOGM Media Center, Dr. Sharma said President Sirisena’s total commitment to promote commonwealth principles such as democracy, human rights and accountability is exceptionally praiseworthy.