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Monday, May 19, 2014 - 5.20 GMT

President Rajapaksa to attend CICA Summit in China


President Mahinda Rajapaksa will leave on a state visit to China on May 20. President will take part in the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA), on an invitation from Government of China.

Fourth summit on building up self- confidence of Asia is scheduled to be held in Shanghai. 46 state leaders and heads or representatives of international organizations will attend the Summit.
in Asia (CICA), Cheng said hosting the summit in Shanghai and taking over as host from 2014 to 2016 was an indication of the great importance China attaches to it.

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Cheng Guoping said China, as a founding CICA member and a positive participant in its development, had made its due contribution to enhancing cooperation, solidarity and trust between Asian countries.

He described the three targets of the two-day Shanghai summit, which opens tomorrow, as promoting communication and trust, gathering consensus and wisdom, and discussing ways to solve pressing issues.

“Through the summit, we hope to offer a platform for countries to exchange views on Asian security and cooperation,” he said.

CICA member states are expected to issue a Shanghai Declaration elaborating on their common aspirations and commitments to strengthening strategic coordination and building an integrated security environment, Cheng said.

It will also expound on plans for CICA development over the next 10 years.

Shanghai was chosen to host the summit because it is a window showcasing the fruits of China’s reform and opening-up, Cheng said.

President Vladimir Putin of Russia, President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan, President Almazbek Atambayev of Kyrgyzstan, and President Hassan Rouhani of Iran will also be taking the opportunity to pay state visits to China. President Xi Jinping will chair the Summit.

In 2013, Sri Lanka took part in the summit as an observer country and nine countries including USA participate at the summit as observers.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will arrive in China on Sunday, for a four-day visit and will attend the CICA conference in Shanghai. Ban says he’s looking forward to China’s upcoming presidency of the summit.






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