articulated the strong and longstanding friendship and cooperation that exists between the two countries, and the value of the comprehensive bilateral Free Trade Agreement.
said that his mother, Sriyani Nonis
, "was the only female in Sri Lanka to head a plantation company.
But Advocaat has decided Nonis
is not yet good enough to join his squad.
, who is 18, told the Rangers News: "Rangers are a massive club and strangely it has always been my ambition to play for them since I watched them beat Parma.
was speaking to a large gathering of the British polity including parliamentarians from the House of Lords and the House of Commons, heads of diplomatic missions, members of the Commonwealth Secretariat including its Secretary-General, members of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the business community, think tanks, international organisations and representatives from HRH Prince Charles' office and Buckingham Palace, at a reception held at the Sri Lanka High Commission in London to celebrate the 66th Independence Day of Sri Lanka.
, 18, told the Rangers News: "Rangers are a massive club and it has always been my ambition to play for them since I watched them beat Parma this season.
Dr Chris Nonis
said "The President and people of Sri Lanka extend a warm welcome to Their Royal Highnesses, and look forward very much to their visit.
Italian sides Bari, Perugia, Bologna and Reggina are also chasing the signature of the tiny Nonis
, who is desperate to become the latest foreigner in the Ibrox dressing room.
said that Sri Lanka is a microcosm of the Contemporary Commonwealth, and was one of the 8 founder member Nations of the modern Commonwealth.
Asked by BBC presenter Mishal Husain what positive developments have occurred in the last four years since the end of the 26 year conflict, Dr Nonis
said 297,000 people rescued from the clutches of the LTTE have been rehabilitated, in perhaps the largest hostage rescue operation in global history.
spoke on the Ambassadors Panel of the Global Economic Forum 2013, UK, and highlighted the geo-strategic positioning of Sri Lanka at the nexus between shipping and aviation routes of the West and the East, and the substantial infrastructure development in the country in the post-conflict era.
, Chairman of the Mackwoods Group and Sri Lankan High Commissioner to the UK was appointed to head the Trust's Sri Lanka Advisory Council.