A series of queries have been posed to the Ministry of External Affairs concerning reports that the Secretary of State for
Defence of the United Kingdom, Dr. Liam Fox will now not be travelling to Sri Lanka, to deliver on the 18th of December
the Lakshman Kadirgamar Memorial Oration.
The Ministry wishes to observe in this regard, that the invitation to deliver the Oration was extended by the Lakshman
Kadirgamar Foundation. Despite the private nature of the visit, due to the status of the visitor and the important nature of
the Oration, the Ministry in association with the other concerned agencies of Government had made all arrangements to
provide the necessary protocol assistance and facilitation to Dr. Fox during his planned stay in Sri Lanka.
These same arrangements will be afforded, in the event of the Foundation rescheduling the Oration by Dr. Fox for a
Ministry of External Affairs