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* Sri Lankan President to meet Gulf leaders at the ACD summit in Kuwait
Sat, Oct 13, 2012, 09:39 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Oct 13, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa will meet a host of Gulf leaders when he participates in the first Asian Corporation Dialogue Summit in Kuwait scheduled for 16 and 17 October.

President Rajapaksa will meet, among others, the King of Saudi Arabia and the Emirs of Kuwait and Qatar on the sidelines of the summit.

The ACD, one of the biggest Asian Grouping today kicked off the summit with a 2-day meeting for senior level officials.

Sri Lanka's External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris is scheduled to participate in a Ministerial Meeting to be held Sunday (October 14).

The summit, aimed at consolidating Asia's strength and fortifying its competitiveness in the region, will look into the challenges facing Asia, mainly, in the economic field, and proposed solutions to tackle them.

The Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al- Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah will open the ACD Summit Tuesday with the participation of 32 Asian nations.

Thailand will host the next ACD Summit in 2015.

Meanwhile, Migrant Rights, a rights group representing the plight of migrant workers in Middle East, has urged President Rajapaksa to address the plight of Rizana Nafeek, the housemaid sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia during his meeting with the King of Saudi Arabia.

The group has urged both the President and External Afffairs Minister to confront the pressing issue while in the audience of those officials capable of instituting critical change.

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