Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Ranil Wickremesinghe will undertake an Ofﬁcial Visit to Australia
from 13 – 17 February 2017 at the invitation of Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbuil.
The visit comes in the 70th anniversary year of Sri Lanka – Australia diplomatic relations. Prime
Minister Turnbull will host a reception to mark the occasion at Parliament House in Canberra.
The two Prime Ministers will hold bilateral discussions on 15 February 2017 where a range of
issues including trade and investment, education, agriculture, security, technology, sports etc.
are expected to be covered. The talks will also focus on regional and international cooperation
including within the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA). Foreign Minister Julie Bishop,
Immigration and Border Protection Minister Peter Dutton, Industry, Innovation and Science
Minister Arthur Sinodinos, and the Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten are also scheduled to
call on the visiting Prime Minister.
The two Prime Ministers will also participate at a T20 Cricket match between the visiting Sri
Lankan team and the Australian Prime Minister’s XI at Manuka Oval in Canberra to mark the
70 anniversary of Diplomatic Relations. The match will be preceded by a dinner in honour of
the Sri Lankan Prime Minister hosted by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
Prime Minister Wickremesinghe will be greeted in Victoria by Governor Her Excellency the
Honourable Linda Dessau. The Prime Minster will attend the Deakin University Graduation
Ceremony in Geelong and also deliver the Law Oration at Deakin Law School in Melbourne.
Premier Daniel Andrews and State Minister for Trade, Small Business and International
Education Philip Dalidakis are also expected to call on him.
The Sri Lankan Prime Minister will interact with prominent business leaders both in Canberra
and Melbourne, during luncheon meetings hosted by Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner
Somasundaram Skandakumar and Victorian State Minister for Trade, Small Business and
International Education Philip Dalidakis, respectively.
Prime Minister Wickremesighe will be accompanied by Prof Maithree Wickramasinghe, and a
delegation comprising Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Management Wijayamuni
Zoysa, Minister of Ports and Shipping Arjuna Ranatunga, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs
Harsha De Silva and Secretary to the Prime Minister Saman Ekanayake.
Sri Lanka High Commissioner/Canberra
Consulate General of Sri Lanka/Melbourne
13 February 2017
The official website of Prime Minister of Australia, The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP.