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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 82

Sri Lanka President arrives in heavily secured Dhaka

[b]Sri Lanka President arrives in heavily secured Dhaka [/b]

[b] Dhaka, 12 November, ( [/b]The South Asian Leaders Summit begins here at Dhaka, capital of Bangladesh later today Saturday 12 th November. The Srilankan Airlines' special flight brought President Chandrika Kumaratunga and her delegation and it touched down at the Zia International Airport in the early hours this morning.

The President was escorted by the Sri Lanka's High Commissioner Gamini Munasinghe and the Chief of Protocol from the aircraft to the red carpet area where she was received by the Bangladesh Foreign Minister Morshed Khan. The Sri Lankan leader was then accorded a guard of honour by a Bangladeshi Army unit.

After the airport ceremony, Kumaratunga was driven in a motorcade to the heavily fortified Dhaka Sheraton Hotel, where the six visiting leaders will stay during the summit.

The usually teeming city of Dhaka, though tastefully decorated for the regional summit is sans the common people. More than 40,000 heavily armed military men and police are in place, along the streets and perched on rooftops.

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