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Sri Lanka President arrives in Rome

Rome, 02 June, (Asiantribune.com): Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa arrived at the Da Vinci Airport, Italy a short while ago (6.00 am Italian Time). He was met and received at the Airport by Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Italy, Hemantha Warnakulasuriya and by officials of the Italian Government.

The President is on a short visit to attend an FAO conference on world food security focusing on the challenges of climate change and bioenergy in Rome from June 3-5, 2008 upon the invitation of UN Secretary Genera, Ban Ki-Moon. President Mahinda Rajapaksa arrived at Da Vinci Airport International Airport today (2nd morning)  to attend conference of Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on 3rd. June. Ambassador Hemanttha Waranakulasooriya and official of the FAO.  Minsters Maithreepala Sirisena, C.B.Rathnayake, Secreatry to the President Lalith Weeratunga are also in  the  picture ( Pix  by Suadth Silva)President Mahinda Rajapaksa arrived at Da Vinci Airport International Airport today (2nd morning) to attend conference of Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on 3rd. June. Ambassador Hemanttha Waranakulasooriya and official of the FAO. Minsters Maithreepala Sirisena, C.B.Rathnayake, Secreatry to the President Lalith Weeratunga are also in the picture ( Pix by Suadth Silva)

He is scheduled to address the assembly's first session. . The inaugural statements are due to be delivered by the President of Italy, the UN Secretary General, and the Director-General of the FAO and the Secretariat of State of the Holy See on behalf of his Holiness Pope Benedict XVI.

The President is accompanied by Minister of Agriculture Development, Maithripala Sirisena, Minister of Livestock Development, C.B. Ratnayake as well as a special delegation of officials from the Foreign Ministry.

During the conference, the participants are expected to deliberate on substantive items of the draft declaration on the issues at hand including high food prices, climate change and food security, Tran-boundary pests and diseases, bioenergy and food security.

- Asian Tribune -

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