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Sri Lanka - 'We are expecting the Queen'

The Sri Lankan government has stated that they expect the Queen to be present at this year's Commonwealth Heads Of Government Meeting, scheduled to be held in Sri Lanka, shrugging off any concerns of a boycott.

Secretary to the Ministry of External Affairs, K Amunugama, was quoted by Ceylon Today as saying,

"We are expecting the Queen to be present, but it depends on her health, and how favourable the conditions are for her to be present. If she is unable to be present, a member of the Royal family – Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, or her son Charles, the Prince of Wales or one of her grandchildren will represent her".

Currently, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has reiterated that he will not be attending the meeting in Sri Lanka, due to human rights concerns, whilst Britain has stated they are yet to make a decision on their attendance.

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