on an official visit to India
[November 04, 2004
- 9:30 GMT]
Kumaratunga left for New Delhi today, the President was accompanied by
Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar and Power and Energy Minister Susil
During her 5 –day official visit the President is scheduled to meet
several national leaders in the Indian capital. They include President Abdul
Kalam, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and the Leader of the ruling
Congress Alliance Shrimathi Sonia Gandhi. Former Prime Minster Atal Bihari
Vajpayee is also scheduled to meet President Kumaratunga. Issues of mutual
concern and ways and means of further strengthening bilateral relations will
be discussed during the talks. Apart from a review of bilateral relations,
the visit will also provide an opportunity to discuss the latest
developments in the peace process.
While in New Delhi the President will deliver the keynote speech at the
Hindustan Times seminar viz ‘India and the World: A Blueprint for
Partnership and Growth’. Her lecture will be on ‘Unity and Diversity –
Keeping Asia Together’.
Meetings with Indian business leaders are also scheduled during the
President’s 5-day working visit. President Kumaratunga and her entourage
will travel to Buddha Gaya during the visit.
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Date: November 04, 2004 - 9:30 GMT