Sunday, February 11, 2007

President on State visit to Maldives

COLOMBO: President Mahinda Rajapaksa will leave on an official three day tour to the Maldives today.

This tour will be the President's first official visit to the Maldives, since assuming office as President.

The visit is expected to further consolidate the existing bilateral links between the two friendly SAARC countries.

It will also enhance and promote cooperation between the Maldives and Sri Lanka, in the spheres of trade, tourism, education and fisheries.

A top-level delegation comprising Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama, Investment Promotion and International Trade Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris, Education Minister Susil Premjayantha, Tourism Minister Milinda Moragoda, and Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Minister Felix Perera is also expected to accompany the President on this tour. First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa too will join the tour. President's Secretary Lalith

Weeratunga, Presidential Advisor A.H.M. Azwer, Assistant Secretary to the President Duminda Nanayakkara, Foreign Secretary Dr. Palitha Kohona, SAARC Director General Grace A. Asirwatham, and Chief of Protocol M.M. Jafeer will be the other officials in the delegation.

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