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* Visiting Brazilian Minister calls on Sri Lankan President
Mon, Mar 7, 2011, 02:18 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 07, Colombo: Visiting Minister of External Relations of Brazil Antonio Patriota paid a courtesy call today on Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the President's House.

Welcoming the Brazilian Minister and his high-level delegation President Rajapaksa said the first ever visit by the Minister provided an opportunity for broadening the fundamentals of the excellent bilateral relations between Brazil and Sri Lanka.

Patriota accompanied by a delegation of senior officials arrived Saturday in Sri Lanka on a three-day official visit at the invitation of Sri Lankan Minister of External Affairs, Prof. G.L. Peiris to engage in bilateral discussions between the two countries.

President Rajapaksa apprised the visiting Minister of the post-conflict reconstruction in Sri Lanka including the rehabilitation and reconciliation aspects.

Conveying the felicitations of the President of Brazil Dilma Rousseff to President Rajapaksa on the restoration of peace and stability in Sri Lanka, Minister Patriota has commended the Sri Lanka's significant post-conflict progress and admired President Rajapaksa's success in combining economic progress with equity, and human and social development, the President's office said.

President Rajapaksa has also conveyed his appreciation to President Rousseff on the economic stability and social progress achieved by Brazil.

The two governments also have inked an agreement today at the External Affairs on the extension of visa requirements for holders of diplomatic, official and service passports.

The two governments have also signed a memorandum of understanding to establish a mechanism for political consultations, the Ministry said.

Pictures by Chandana Perera

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