President Mahinda Rajapaksa, yesterday at Temple Trees, met with officials to discuss arrangements for the next meeting of the International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP).
ICAPP will take place in Colombo Sept. 18-21, 2014, under the theme "Building an Asian Community.”
The eighth General Assembly of ICAPP will be co-hosted by the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the United National Party (UNP).
Thus far, participants from 33 countries have confirmed participation at the meeting, which will bring together numerous political parties from throughout the Asian region.
President Rajapaksa also addressed a special conference of ICAPP in Shaanxi Province during his state visit to China in May 2013. At that meeting as well, there was a focus placed on the need to strengthen the relationships between and among Asian nations.
ICAPP was launched in Manila in September 2000 to promote exchanges and cooperation between political parties from different Asian countries and with various ideologies. Since its inception, ICAPP has grown steadily in both membership and influence.
Minister of Health and the Secretary General of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Mr. Maithreepala Sirisena, Minister of Economic Development Mr. Basil Rajapaksa, Minister of Youth Affairs and Skills Development Mr. Dullas Alahapperuma, Deputy Speaker Mr. Chandima Weerakkody, Deputy Minister of External Affairs Mr. Neomal Perera, Secretary to the President Mr. Lalith Weeratunga and secretaries of several ministries were also present at the discussion.