The Prime Minister of Thailand Yingluck Shinawatra began her three-day visit to Sri Lanka today (May 31).
As part of her official visit to the island Ms. Yingluck will hold bilateral discussions with President Mahinda Rajapaksa and address the Sri Lankan parliament on Friday.
During her visit, Thailand and Sri Lanka will sign four agreements on cooperation on tourism and science and technology, and on a visa waiver for officials and diplomatic passport holders.
An agreement on the sister cities partnership between Kandy in Sri Lanka and Ayutthaya in Thailand will also be signed during Ms. Yingluck's visit.
The Thai Prime Minister is expected to participate in the activities to mark the 260th anniversary of the establishment of the Siam Nikaya Upasampada in Kandy.
In 1752 Ven. Upali Thera of Siam arrived in Sri Lanka to restore the Buddhist Sangha Order in Sri Lanka. The backdrop to this was the request made by King Keerthi Sri Rajasinghe who sent a convoy of Theros initiated by Ven. Weliwita Saranankara to Siam.
The Siam Nikaya is located around the city of Kandy and is named so because of its origins in Thailand. The two main divisions of the Siyam Nikaya are the Malwatta and Asgiriya. Together both Nikayas have over 6000 temples and close to 20,000 Buddhist monks.
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