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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe who is currently in Australia on an official visit received an honorary doctorate in law at a graduation ceremony at Deakin University in Geelong today.

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The award recognises his efforts to help Sri Lanka transition from a country traumatized by protracted, violent conflict toward a stable democracy. “Mr Wickremesinghe has emphasised the need for reconciliation, whilst ensuring accountability, and enabled groups riven by conflict to find common ground in a more hopeful future,” a Deakin University spokeswoman has told the AAP news service.

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Prime minister and his eight member delegation arrived in Melbourne on Monday night. Premier Wickremesinghe will head to Canberra for a reception with his Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull to commemorate 70 years of Australian-Sri Lankan diplomatic relations this afternoon.

The pair will engage in a spot of cricket diplomacy later this week when Sri Lanka takes on the Prime Minister’s XI team at Manuka Oval in Canberra.