Kumaratunga on state visit to Iran
- 04:00 GMT]
President Chandrika Kumaratunga left for Tehran yesterday, 23rd November.
The President is on a two day state visit to Iran at the invitation of
President Mohammed Khatami. President Kumaratunga was accompanied by Foreign
Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar, Power and Energy Minister Susil Premjayantha
and senior officials.
In Iran the President will hold wide ranging discussions with the Iranian
President Mohammad Khatami on issues of mutual concern. During the visit, a
Preferential Trade Agreement and several Memoranda of Understanding are to
Minister Rantansiri Wickremanayake will act as Minister of Defence till the
Presidentís return. The Education portfolio will be administered by
Minister Mangala Samaraweera - School Education and Minister Dinesh
Gunawardena - Higher Education.
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Date: November 24, 2004 - 04.00 GMT