|High Commission of Sri Lanka in London|
ශ්රී ලංකා මහ කොමසාරිස් කාර්යාලය, ලන්ඩනය
|Address||13 Hyde Park Gardens, London, W2 2LU|
|High Commissioner||Manisha Gunasekara|
The High Commission of Sri Lanka (Sinhala : ශ්රී ලංකා මහ කොමසාරිස් කාර්යාලය, ලන්ඩනයShri Lanka Maha Komasaris Karyalaya Landanaya) in London is the diplomatic mission of Sri Lanka in the United Kingdom. There has been a Sri Lankan High Commission in London since 1948, which was called the High Commission of Ceylon until 1972.
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