His Excellency Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, the President of the Republic of Maldives and Madam Nasreena M.A. Gayoom and the delegation are scheduled to arrive in Sri Lanka on a state visit from 16 to 19 January 2008, stated M.M. Jaffeer, Chief Protocol for Foreign Affairs Ministry this afternoon.
While in the island President Gayoom and his delegation will follow a tight programme in Colombo and the outstations. The main highlight of the programme would be the meeting of President Gayoom and the President of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa.
The two Heads of State will sign an agreement on ‘Transfer of Prisoners’ at a special meeting. President Gayoom and his delegation are expected to visit Kandy, Nuwara Eliya and Sigiriya during their brief stay here, the sources added.
Being members of the SAARC nations Sri Lanka and Maldives have been maintaining cordial relations over a number of years.
Source: Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka