On 14th February, Ambassador Oshadhi Alahapperuma was invited for a small tea party hosted by H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf and H.M. Queen Silvia. It is a tradition of the King and Queen of Sweden to take this initiative to meet individually with each new Ambassador following the Presentation of Credentials.
Sri Lanka is well-known to the Royal Family. The King visited the island during his military service in 1966 when he travelled the globe with Älvsnabben, a Swedish Navy cadet training vessel.
H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria, who is very interested in crisis and conflict management as well as devoted to development and humanitarian work, travelled to Sri Lanka in 2005 to study the Swedish relief efforts after the tsunami.
The King and Queen asked to know more about the current situation in Sri Lanka and the Ambassador shared about the development taking place in the Northern and Eastern provinces. The Queen, who founded the World Childhood Foundation in 1999, was particularly eager to hear about the children’s situation.
The Ambassador invited the King and Queen to visit Sri Lanka to see how the country is being rebuilt after the end of the conflict. The King expressed that the Queen and himself take this invitation very seriously.