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Sunday, June 30, 2013 - 17.15 GMT
President begins a two day State Visit to Seychelles


Concluding a very successful three day state visit to Tanzania, yesterday (29), President Mahinda Rajapaksa arrived in Seychelles commencing a two-day state visit to the island state. President James Michel warmly welcomed the president at the airport.

Two children welcomed the president offering a bouquet of flowers. Later, National anthems of both nations were played, and a guard of honor was accorded to the President. President stopped to speak with some Sri Lankan families residing in Seychelles.

President together with President Michel headed to the State House to start bilateral discussions.
The Vice President of Tanzania, Dr. Mohamed Gharib Bilal accompanied President Mahinda Rajapaksa to the airport as he concluded his state visit to Tanzania, heading to Seychelles.

In Tanzania, President Rajapaksa held bilateral discussions with President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, while stressing the need to develop stronger economic ties between the two nations. President stated his willingness to offer scholarships to Tanzanian students in order to develop closer ties with people of both nations. Tanzanian President requested the assistance of Sri Lanka to develop Tea, Coconut and Clove cultivations. At the conclusion of the bilateral talks, three agreements were signed. They were exempting of visa for diplomatic and state officials, corporation on intelligence, defense and cultural corporation.

President Rajapaksa visited the Sri Lanka Buddhist Temple in Dar-es-Salaam and donated a generator prior to departing from Tanzania. The temple is unique that the Bo Tree is a sapling of the Sri Maha Bodhi.

Minister of External Affairs Prof. G. L. Peiris, Minister of Sports Mahindananda Aluthgamage, Minister of Public Relations and Public Affairs Mervyn Silva, Monitoring MP of the Ministry of External Affairs Sajin De Vaas Gunawardene, Members Parliament Lohan Ratwatte and Lakshman Wasantha Perera, Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga and Governor of the Central Bank Ajith Nivard Cabraal are accompanying the President.



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