arrives in New Delhi
[November 04, 2004
- 9:30 GMT]
Chandrika Kumaratunga arrived at New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International
Airport in the early hours of Thursday 4th November.
The President was accompanied by Foreign Affairs Minister Lakshman
Kadirgamar, Power & Energy Minister Susil Premajayantha and Government
officials. President and her entourage were received by Indian External
Affairs Ministry officials, Shrimathi Nirupama Rao India’s High
Commissioner in Colombo and Mr. Mangala Moonasinghe Sri Lankan envoy in New
Sri Lankan Board of Investment Chief and several key businessmen are also in
New Delhi to explore more Indian investments and to improve trade with
This is President Kumaratunga’s first visit to India after the UPFA
Government assumed office in April this year and after the Congress victory
in India in May 2004. However the Sri Lankan leader did meet Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh on two previous occasions; at the BIMSTEC summit in Thailand
and in New York in September. In the coming days the President is due to
meet several Indian leaders.
President Kumaratunga is among the six keynote speakers at the Leadership
Initiative Seminar organized by India's leading daily the Hindustan Times.
In the previous such seminar the speakers were former US President Bill
Clinton and his Secretary of State Madeline Albright.
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Date: November 04, 2004 - 9:30 GMT