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* Sri Lanka President to meet U.S. Assistant Secretary Blake in Thimpu
Wed, Apr 28, 2010, 12:19 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa who is in Thimpu, the Bhutanese capital is to meet the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert O. Blake, Jr. in Thimpu today ahead of the SAARC summit.

The meeting with Blake is set for this afternoon at the Sri Lanka house in SAARC village in Thimpu, the state-run radio reported.

Assistant Secretary Blake is leading the U.S. observer delegation to the South Asia Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Summit in Thimphu, from April 28-29. He will hold bilateral meetings with regional leaders on the margins of the Summit.

President Rajapaksa, accompanied by First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa, his son newly-elected parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa and the Sri Lankan delegation arrived in Thimpu on Monday.

The Sri Lankan delegation including the President and the First Lady paid homage to the ancient Buddhist sacred places in Bhutan this morning.

The two-day Summit marking the 25th anniversary of SAARC will begin tomorrow.

(Pictures by Sudath Silva)

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