President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga leading a Sri Lankan delegation arrived in Kathmandu Thursday, to take part in the 11th Summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation beginning Friday.
Prime Minister of Nepal Sher Bahadur Deuba welcomed the Sri Lankan President at the VVIP Lounge of Tribhuwan International Airport. Also present on the occasion were the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister, Tyronne Fernando, Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. G Wijayasiri and Sri Lanka’s Ambassador in Nepal, Mrs. Pamela J. Deen.
A contingent of the Royal Nepal Army presented a guard of honor to the distinguished guest and the National Anthems of both countries were played. Five young girls welcomed Kumaratunga by offering bouquets.
The Chief Justice, The Speaker, The Chairman of the National Assembly, the Chairman of the Raj Parishad Standing Committee and the Leader of the main Opposition Party in Nepal were also present at the airport to greet President Kumaratunga.
Minister-in-waiting Sharat Singh Bhandari, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Arjun Jung Bahadur Singh, high-ranking officials of the Nepali government, The Royal Nepal Army and the Nepal Police were also present on the occasion.
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