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Friday, May 03, 2013 - 06.29 GMT
Thailand invites Sri Lanka to join port project in Myanmar


Mr. Surapong Tovichakchaikul, a deputy prime minister of Thailand, called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa this morning at Temple Trees during which he invited Sri Lanka to become a partner in the joint port project between Thailand and Myanmar.

Mr. Tovichakchaikul said that President Rajapaksa’s last visit to Thailand was a landmark visit that marked a new chapter in bilateral relations between the two countries. Thailand, he said, is interested in further cooperation including boosting investment opportunities.

President Rajapaksa thanked Thailand for its support during the vote on the resolution on Sri Lanka at the U.N. Human Rights Council (UNHRC). Thailand was one of the countries that voted against the UNHRC resolution both this year and last year.

“We have seen a lot of improvement,” Mr. Tovichakchaikul told President Rajapaksa. “We will always support Sri Lanka in international fora.”

Mr. Tovichakchaikul, on behalf of Thailand, requested President Rajapaksa for Sri Lanka’s support for Thailand’s membership bid at the UNHRC.

In other matters discussed, Mr. Tovichakchaikul briefed the president of activities planned to mark the 260th anniversary of the establishment of the Siam Maha Nikaya in Sri Lanka. The Deputy Prime Minister also requested the President’s support in establishing a Thai Buddhist temple in the vicinity of Kandy.

The Ambassador of Thailand in Colombo Mr. Poldej Worachat was a part of the Thai delegation.

Minister of External Affairs Prof. G.L. Peiris, Secretary to the Treasury Dr. P.B. Jayasundera, Secretary to the Ministry of External Affairs Mr. Karunatilake Amunugama, President’s Chief-of-Staff Mr. Gamini Senarath and Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Thailand General Shantha Kottegoda joined the discussion.






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