President Mahinda Rajapaksa returned to the island yesterday (29) after completing a successful four-day state visit to Maldives and Seychelles. The President accompanied by First Lady Shiranthi Wickremasinghe Rajapaksa during these visits.
Seychelles President James Michel, Vice President Danny Faure and Minister of Foreign Affairs Jean-Paul Adam were at the Seychelles International Airport yesterday (28) to bid farewell to President Rajapaksa. President was accorded a guard of honor.
President Rajapaksa who arrived in Maldives on June 25 held bilateral discussions with Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom and several other political leaders. President Abdul Gayoom assured that Maldives will continue to support Sri Lanka at international fora in the future. The former President of Maldives Maumoon Abdul Gayoom also called on President Rajapaksa.
During the visit Sri Lanka and Maldives signed three bilateral cooperation agreements in health, investment and search and rescue sectors. Delegations of two countries during their official discussions identify new areas to expand cooperation.
Seychelles President James Michel during bilateral discussions told President Rajapaksa that his country is ready to continue relationship with Sri Lanka. Vice President of Seychelles and several other political leaders held discussions with the President.
During the visit Sri Lanka and Seychelles signed six agreements including an agreement for the establishment of a Joint Commission on cooperation. President also declared open Sri Lankan High Commission and new branches of Bank of Ceylon, Si Lanka Insurance, Mihin Lanka and Nawaloka hospital in Seychelles.
Minister of External Affairs Prof. G.L. Peiris, Minister of Higher Education Mr. S.B. Dissanayake, Monitoring MP of the Ministry of External Affairs Mr. Sajin de Vass Gunawardena, Members of Parliament Mr. A.H.M. Azwar, Mr. Lohan Ratwatta, Mr. Udith Lokubandara, Mr. Ranjith de Zoysa and Mr. Thenuka Vidanagamag, Secretary to the President Mr. Lalith Weeratunga and Secretary to the Ministry of External Affairs Mrs. Kshenuka Senewiratne accompanied the President.