President Mahinda to participate in the First Asian Corporation Dialogue Summit meet in Kuwait
Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa will participate in the First Asian Corporation Dialogue Summit meet in Kuwait, schedule for 16 to 17 October.
Asian Corporation Dialogue, one of the biggest Asian Grouping, is expected to commence with a 2-day official level meeting on 13 October, followed by the Ministerial Meeting on 14 October, where Sri Lanka’s External Affairs Minister Professor G.L.Pieris is scheduled to participate.
Subsequently, on 16 to 17 October, the 31 head of Asian states will participate in the First Asian Corporation Dialogue Summit in Kuwait, responding to the insightful call by Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the Emir of Kuwait.
Earlier it was Thailand which initiated the ACD to be a continent-wide cooperative framework guided by positive thinking and the comfort level of participants. The ACD aims to consolidate Asian strengths and fortify Asia’s competitiveness by maximizing the diversity and rich resources in Asia.
The First ACD Ministerial Meeting was held between 18-19 June 2002 in Cha-Am, Thailand. This first Meeting was historic and successful event that brought together countries from Asia and provided a venue where Asian countries could freely discuss issues of common interest and put forward measures to enhance mutual cooperation in all areas.
Ministers were enthusiastic in expressing their support for the ACD and in creating a formidable synergy within Asia. Indeed, they agreed that the ACD represented a forum that could consolidate political will among Asian Governments and offer opportunities for them to develop common approaches to positive issues.
The ACD currently comprises 31 countries from East to West Asia and is the first forum ever that aims to eventually encompass all countries in Asia.
The 8th ACD Ministerial Meeting was held in Colombo from October 15 – 16, 2009 and President Mahinda Rajapaksa served as the Chairman of the Conference and also hosted the 2-day Ministerial level meeting.
It is learnt that President Rajapaksa during his stay in Kuwait is expected to meet several Head of States including Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the Emir of Kuwait, Emir of Qatar and the King of Saudi Arabia on the sidelines of the Summit meet.
It is learnt President Mahinda Rajapaksa will thank the three Arabian Head of States for their unwavering support for Sri Lanka in the US resolution against Sri Lanka, last March in Geneva at UN Human Rights Council meeting.
Sources told Asian Tribune that President Mahinda Rajapaksa is expected to take up the issue of the Sri Lankan House Maid Rizana Nafeek of Muthur, who is languishing in the death row in Saudi Arabia, since July 2007 with the King of Saudi Arabia and would urge for her release. Already in November 2010, President Mahinda Rajapaksa has appealed to the King of Saudi Arabia for clemency to the young Muslim Housemaid.
It is also learnt that arrangements are being made for a bilateral meeting with Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India on the sidelines of the summit meet.
Asian Tribune learnt that Indian Prime Minister will be in Kuwait to participate in the Summit meet and it is said there is an issue in arranging the bilateral meeting with the Head of states of India and Sri Lanka by finding convenient date and time of the two leaders on the sideline of the summit meet.
It was only on 20th September President Mahinda Rajapaksa was in New Delhi and met Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and both ironed out issues in the midst of the two countries.
Now it is said that two head of states, if they meet, might discuss on issues including the Universal Periodic Review on Sri Lanka on 1st November in Geneva, where India is one of the tripartite country along with Benin and Spain to oversee the review.
Also it is believed Indian Prime Minister might brief the Sri Lankan President on the outcome of Indian leader’s talk with the 7-member delegation of Tamil National Alliance led by R. Sampanthan, who are presently in New Delhi on the invitation of the India Government.
Furthermore, sources told Asian Tribune that Sri Lanka President is expected to meet Head of states of Japan, South Korea, Russia and China on the sidelines of the summit meet, but, according to diplomatic sources, so far these meetings are yet to be confirmed.
- Asian Tribune -