Colombo, Oct 03 (BAN/ AD): Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon visited Sri Lanka on 1-2 October who is Minister of State for the Commonwealth, UN and South Asia and Prime Minister's Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict. He announced new fund of over £10m to support long-term stability in Sri Lanka.
The funds will be utilised for promoting peace building and dialogue, supporting resettlement and livelihoods for displaced communities.
Lord Ahmad said "It will bring more than £10 million of targeted UK programme funding over the next three years. These funds will support peacebuilding and dialogue; resettlement and rehabilitation of displaced communities; and engagement with institutions tasked with protecting the rule of law across the country. I know that many of these issues are close to your hearts, and vital for the future success of Sri Lanka."
He held meeting with President Sirisena and Minister of Foreign Affairs Tilak Marapana. Lord Ahmad stressed the importance of religious freedoms and protections for minority groups.
Lord Ahmad visited the St. Anthony's Church in Kochchikade, one of the targets of the Easter Sunday attacks, to pay his respects.