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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2867

Sri Lanka Minister Douglas Devananda on a mission to South Africa to revive Afro – Asian Solidarity

Pretoria, 10 December, ( Sri Lanka’s Minister Douglas Devananda is expected to visit South Africa in 2007 as a special emissary of Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse on an invitation by Thabo Mbeki, President of South Africa.

Douglas Devananda, Minister of Social Service and Social Welfare and the Secretary General of the Eelam Peoples Democratic Party will be meeting the South African President to discuss on the need for the reviewing the now defunct Afro – Asian Solidarity organization and would be delivering President Mahinda Rajapakse’s proposal for the urgent need to reorganize the Afro-Asian solidarity Conference.

Douglas Devananda is also scheduled to meet South African Government’s senior ministers, high ranking officials to discuss matters of mutual interests to Sri Lanka and South Africa.

Douglas Devananda is also expected to meet ranking officials of African National Congress, leading Indian and South African Members of Parliament and community leaders. According to an agenda presently being worked out, he will address Indian Tamil community arranged by the Africa National Congress and visit a few important Hindu temples to participate in the temple poojas.

Sri Lanka High Commission in Pretoria said that the invitation for Douglas Devananda to visit South Africa has been already extended by Deputy Foreign Minister Aziz Bahad on behalf of the Government of South Africa.

Furthermore, Douglas Devananda is expected to call on the former President Nelson Mandela to explain the political situation in Sri Lanka.

He is also expected to meet with Nobel Laureate, Archbishop Desmond Tuttu - Cleric, Human Rights activist and former Head of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

- Asian Tribune -

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