President Rajapaksa will address the Oxford Union tomorrow. The President left for the United Kingdom on a special invitation from the Oxford University.
He is due to address the Oxford Union for the second time tomorrow. President Rajapaksa addressed the Oxford Union earlier in 2008, at an invitation extended from the Sri Lanka Society at the Oxford University. The topic of his address in 2008 was “Strategy towards Empowering the Rural Economy of Sri Lanka”.
During its 187-year old history from 1823, it is rarely a State Leader had been invited twice to address the Oxford Union. This is mainly attributed to the President being recognized as an affable leader in the Asian region with a clear vision.
The President will address the Oxford Union on how he defeated terrorism and Sri Lanka’s future development programmes. Oxford is one of the oldest Universities in the world. It had moulded many scholars as well as political leaders.
The Oxford Union from time to time invites renowned world leaders to talk on various important topics. Among them are Jawaharlal Sri Nehru, Benazir Bhutto, Lee Kuan Yew, Mahathir Mohamad and S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike.