President Mahinda Rajapaksa arrived at Myanmar's Nay Pyi Taw International Airport last afternoon to participate in the BIMSTEC Summit.
The President was received at the airport by Myanmar's Minister of Labor, Mr. U Aye Mint, Deputy Foreign Ministers Mr. U Tin Oo Lwin and Mr. U Thant Kyaw, Sri Lanka's Ambassador to Myanmar.
Mr. H.R. Piyasiri and Myanmar's Ambassador in Sri Lanka Mr. U Min Thein Zan. Sri Lanka's Minister of External Affairs Prof. G.L. Peiris and Secretary to the Ministry of External Affairs Mrs. Kshenuka Seneviratne, who are already in Myanmar to participate in the ministerial level meetings of the BIMSTEC Summit, were also on hand at the airport to greet the President.
The Sri Lankan delegation headed by the President will be hosted by President of the Republic of Myanmar U Thein Sein to a Banquet tonight at the Myanmar International Conference Center.
President Rajapaksa will address the third BIMSTEC Summit today (March 04).
BIMSTEC is the English acronym for the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi–Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation. It is a regional grouping of seven South and South-east Asian countries, namely Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand.
The first BIMSTEC Summit was held in 2004 in the Thai capital of Bangkok while the second was held in the Indian capital of New Delhi.
Secretary to the President Mr. Lalith Weeratunga is also with the President for the visit.