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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2400

President Maithripala Sirisena to leave for Indonesia

Colombo, 06 March, (Asiantribune.com):

President Maithripala Sirisena will leave for Indonesia today to attend the Leader’s Summit of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) commencing on March 7.

The President is expected to arrive at the International Airport in Jakarta at 2 p.m. today (06) to attend the summit which takes place under the theme “Strengthening Maritime Cooperation for a Peaceful, Stable, and Prosperous Indian Ocean”.

The Summit will bring together the Leaders of the 21 IORA Member States and its 7 Dialogue Partners as well as other special invitees and guests.

IORA is a regional forum which aims to facilitate and promote economic co-operation in the Indian Ocean Region. Sri Lanka was a founder member of the IOR-ARC and hosted the 4th and 5th Council of Ministers’ Meeting in 2003 and 2004 in Colombo.

Currently 21 countries are members of the IORA, along with seven dialogue partners, such as the United States, Britain, Japan, Germany, Egypt, France and China. There are also two observer organizations in IORA that is the Indian Ocean Tourism Organization (IOTO) and Indian Ocean Research Group (IORG).
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The meeting will focus on IORA’s objectives and priority areas including Maritime safety and security, Trade and investment facilitation, Fisheries management, Disaster risk management Academic, Science and Technology Cooperation and Tourism and Cultural exchanges.

Following the conclusion of Leaders’ Summit, President Sirisena will pay his first state visit to Indonesia as the Sri Lankan Head of State.

During the state visit, President Sirisena is scheduled to sign two bilateral agreements with his Indonesian counterpart Joko Widodo on development of fisheries and small and medium scale entrepreneur development programme during his visit.

The Lankan delegation includes Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera, State Ministers Sujeewa Senasinghe, Radhakrishnan, Dilip Wedarachchi, and Central Provincial Council Minister Thilina Bandara Tennakoon.

The President is scheduled to meet the Sri Lankan community in Indonesia at the Lankan Embassy in Jakarta this evening and then attend a dinner hosted by the Indonesian government for the visiting heads of state.

- Asian Tribune -

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