President returns after successful visit to Nepal
[September 03 2018]
A warm welcome
at the Airport to President who
has been appointed as new
President Maithripala Sirisena, who has been selected
as the Chairman of the 5th Summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for
Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), returned to
the Island yesterday (02) after completing a successful state visit to
Nepal and attending the 4th Summit of the BIMSTEC held in Kathmandu.
A special ceremony was organized at the Bandaranaike
International Airport to receive the President who arrived in the
country as the new Chairman of the 5th Summit of the BIMSTEC.
President Sirisena who reached at the Bandaranaike
International Airport around 10.20 p.m. escorted to the VVIP lounge on
the red carpet.
Later, Seth Pirith chanted by Mahasangha to invoke
blessings on the President and other religious rituals were also held to
invoke blessings on the President.
A large number of Ministers and MPs were present at
the Airport to receive the President.
President Sirisena left the country on last 29th to
attend the 4th Summit of the BIMSTEC held in Nepal.
The BIMSTEC is a regional organization comprising
seven Member States lying in the littoral and adjacent areas of the Bay
of Bengal constituting a contiguous regional unity. It constitutes seven
Member States: five deriving from South Asia -Bangladesh, Bhutan, India,
Nepal, Sri Lanka, and two from Southeast Asia -Myanmar and Thailand.
During the conclusion of the 4th Summit of the BIMSTEC
the Chairmanship of the 5th Summit of the BIMSTEC handed over to
President Maithripala Sirisena.
All the state leaders extended their best wishes to
the President for his new appointment as the Chairman of the BIMSTEC and
they expressed confidence that the functions of the BIMSTEC will move
forward with strength under the leadership of the President Sirisena.
Meanwhile, President Sirisena who engaged in a two-day
official visit in Nepal held bi- lateral discussions with the President
of Nepal Bhidya Devi Bhandari and Prime Minister K.P.Oli. There they
entered into several agreements to make a close connection to develop
economical, social and cultural ties between both nations where two
agreements were signed in order to uplift the cooperation youth affairs
and training of government officers.
Apart from that, President Maithripala Sirisena also
held discussions with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modhi, President of
Myanmar Win Myint, Bangladesh Prime Minister Shaikh Hasina where those
leaders promised to provide fullest assistance to economic and social
development activities in Sri Lanka.
The President also engaged in Sri Lanka-Nepal trade
and investment conference during his visit.
President and other envoys engaged in worshipping
Lumbini where Prince Siddhartha was born and other sacred religious
A farewell was organized at the Thribhuwan
International Airport of Kathmandu to bid farewell in a dignified manner
to the President and it several Nepali ministers and representatives
were present to bid farewell to the President.
President Maithripala Sirisnea has endeavored in
eradicating the black marks of the past regarding Sri Lanka's image in
the International sphere and to revive the good image of the Motherland
in the International arena. Sri Lanka will be massively benefitted from
these efforts to enhance the country's image in the international arena
as a friendly national following the nonaligned foreign policy.