September 21, 2022 (LBO) – Former member of the British and EU Parliaments Nirj Deva Aditya has been appointed by President Ranil Wickremesinghe as a Senior Advisor and Presidential Envoy.
He will function as Senior Advisor on EU Affairs to the President and Presidential Envoy to Western Europe and the Commonwealth of Nations.
Key objectives of the appointment will be promotion of closer trade links with Europe, UK and the Commonwealth. He will work with Sri Lankan missions in the territories assigned to him and the proposed International Trade Office being set up by President Ranil Wickremesinghe.
Deva Aditya intends to work in an honorary capacity without compensation.
On the eve of the state funeral, Deva Aditya hosted a remembrance service in memory of Queen Elizabeth II at the Army and Navy Club in London.
Among the attendees were:
President Ranil Wickremesinghe, Professor Maithree Wickremesinghe,
Secretary General of the Commonwealth Baroness Patricia Scotland,
Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom David Cameron,
Secretary of State for the Environment Rt Hon Ranil Jayawardena MP,
Former Deputy PM and Minister for Trade Rt Hon Lord Lilley,
Minister of International Trade for the UK Rt Hon Conor Burns MP,
Minister of Sustainable Development Lord Callanan,
Chairman of the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council Lord Marland,
Author of World renowned House of Cards film series and former Chairman of the Conservative Party Lord Michael Dobbs,
President of the Institute for Free Trade Lord Hannan,
Former UK Secretary of State for Health Baroness Bottomley,
Father of the House of Commons Rt Hon Sir Peter Bottomley MP,
Former Governor of Central Bank and Economic Advisor to Finance Minister Dr Indrajit Coomaraswamy,
Sri Lanka High Commissioner Saroja Sirisena, Chief of Protocol Senerath Dissanayke, Senior Private Secretary to President Sandra Perera and Director of Foreign Bureau of the President’s Office Dinuk Colomobage.