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British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka John Rankin visited Kandy on 3 November, 2014, as part of a wider visit to the hill country.
He paid his respects at the Sacred Temple of the Tooth and met the Venerable Tibbatwawe Sri Siddhartha Sumangala Mahanayake Thero of the Malwatte Chapter and the Venerable Udugama Sri Dhammadassi Rathnapala Buddharakkhita Mahanayake Thero of the Asgiriya Chapter. He thanked the Mahanayakes for receiving His Royal Highness Prince Charles during CHOGM last year. He also discussed the importance of religious harmony and the need for tolerance and respect between religious communities in all countries.
The High Commissioner visited the Garrison Cemetery and the British Council offices in Kandy. He also laid a wreath at the Commonwealth War Grave Cemetery as a mark of respect to all those buried there, in the centenary year of the start of WWI.