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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2784

Maldivian President will arrive in Sri Lanka

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Colombo, 12 February, (Asiantribune.com): Maldivian President Abdul Gayoom accompanied by Nasreena Gayoom, and a delegation of senior Ministers and officials are arriving today on a two-day state visit to Sri Lanka on the invitation of Mahinda Rajapakse, President of Sri Lanka.

During the visit, Maldivian President will call on the President of Sri Lanka. The two Presidents will conduct consultations to review and strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries.

Sri Lanka and the Maldives will also conclude two bilateral agreements namely the Agreement on the Transfer of Prisoners and on Visa Facilitation

Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayaka and Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama will call on the visiting president.

Sri Lanka’s highest national honor namely “Lanka Mithra Vibushana” will be conferred on President Gayoom by President Rajapakse at a special ceremony in recognition of his statesmanship and leadership in the development of the Maldives, the strengthening of Sri Lanka- Maldives relations, the enhancement of regional cooperation in the SAARC, as well as his contribution to the global campaign on climate change.

President Gayoom completes 30 years of political life in 2008 as the President of the Maldives.

Maldives President last visited Sri Lanka in August 2006, which was followed by a State visit by President Rajapakse in February 2007.

It is said that a close interaction has assisted in taking bilateral cooperation to greater heights as reflected in the recent expansion and diversification of relations for mutual benefit.

- Asian Tribune -

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