The opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting started here Friday under the chair of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse.

The heads of states and representatives of around 53 states were attending the Summit. Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif is representing Pakistan in the Summit along with his delegation including Begum Kulsoom Nawaz Sharif, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Syed Tariq Fatemi, Minister of State for Information Technology and Telecom Anusha Rahman and Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbasi Jilani. President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his wife have been greeting leaders from Commonwealth countries across the world. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse addressed the gathering ahead of the formal opening of the summit by Britain’s Prince Charles.  The theme of this summit is “Growth with Equity-Inclusive Development.”