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President Maithripala Sirisena left for Germany this morning

Colombo, 15 February, (Asiantribune.com):

President Maithripala Sirisena left for Germany yesterday morning in a normal passenger plane. He will be away for five days and visit Austria as well.

President Maithripala Sirisena left for Germany this morning on an official visit and will be arriving in Germany this evening . He will stay till February 18 and this is the first time in 43 years a Sri Lankan Head of State will undertake a visit to the country.

A special ceremony will be held under the patronage of German Chancellor Angela Merkel to welcome the President on February 17.

President Sirisena is scheduled to visit the German Parliament and to meet representatives of the German Parliament. Subsequent to that the President is expected to held bilateral discussions with the German Foreign Minister.

Five bilateral agreements are also in the agenda to be signed off between the two countries.

A special discussion between the President and the German Economic Affairs Minister is also scheduled to be held.
Germany is one of the economically powerful member States of the European Union and one of the largest export economies in the world.

The most significant feature during the visit of the President would be the business forum between Sri Lanka and Germany which is scheduled be held on the February 18.

Sri Lankan Ambassador to Germany Karunathilaka Amunugama told that over 250 German businessmen and head of German trade chambers have already registered with the forum.

The business forum will focus on key areas such as agro-based industries, automobile, food processing, and the tourism sector.

The business forum which is the spotlight of the visit of the President anticipates attracting a minimum of over a billion US dollars worth investments, Amunugama claimed.

During his visit to Germany the President is expected to secure economic and development benefits for Sri Lanka, the President’s office said.

After concluding the 2-day visit to Germany the President will leave for Austria on February 19.

The President of Austria, Heinz Fischer will warmly welcome the President with State honour upon his arrival and the President is expected to meet high level Austrian delegation including the Austrian President.

During the visit to Austria the President is also scheduled to meet Austrian business community.

The tour aim to further collaboration and strengthen the relations between the two countries.

The Presidential delegation comprises 25 members.

- Asian Tribune -

President Maithripala Sirisena left for Germany this morning
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