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* Sri Lanka President to leave for Ukraine tomorrow
Mon, Jun 28, 2010, 07:27 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jun 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa will be visiting Ukraine from June 29 July 3 on an official visit at the invitation of his Ukrainian counterpart Victor Yanukovich, the External Affairs Ministry announced today.

Issuing a statement the Ministry said the visit is expected to expand the bilateral relations between the two countries in the sectors related to the economy and trade, tourism, and human resource development.

The two countries expect to expand their international treaty framework and strengthen their cooperation via international organizations.

During the visit President Rajapaksa will hold bilateral discussions with the President of Ukraine as well as with the Prime Minister and other senior Ministers of the Government of Ukraine.

President Rajapaksa is also scheduled to visit the Parliament of Ukraine and to address the National Defence University of Ukraine.

A range of bilateral agreements, especially on cooperation in the tourism and military and technical spheres are to be signed during the President's visit.

A Sri Lanka-Ukraine Business Forum has also been organized parallel to the President's visit, and is expected to strengthen cooperation in the trade and economic sectors between the two countries.

A Sri Lankan Cultural Evening featuring the Sri Lanka Air Force Cultural Troupe will also take place during the visit.

President Rajapaksa will be accompanied among others by the Minister for External Affairs, Prof. G.L. Peiris, Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga, and Sri Lanka's Ambassador accredited to Ukraine Udayanga Weeratunga.

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