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* Thai Buddhist delegation visiting Sri Lanka calls on President
Fri, Feb 22, 2013, 10:34 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 22, Colombo: A delegation from Thailand that included the Venerable Phra Dharmakosajarn Thero and a Minister of the Thailand Prime Minister's Office, Niwattumrong Boonsongpaisan, called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees Thursday (21).

The visit is a part of a series of events organized by the Royal Thai Embassy in Sri Lanka to mark the 260th anniversary of the establishment of the Siam Maha Nikaya in Sri Lanka.

Ven. Phra Dharmakosajarn Thero and President Mahinda Rajapaksa joined by Ven. Welagama Sumanarathana Thero of the Kurunegala Uda Badalawa Sudarshana Maha Vidyalaya also met school children visiting Temple Trees.

President Rajapaksa and the Thai representatives exchanged two Buddha statutes to mark the strong Buddhist affiliations that the two countries and the people share.

The Ambassador of Thailand in Colombo Poldej Worachat, Minister of Health, Maithripala Sirisena and Secretary of External Affairs Karunatilaka Amunugama were also present.

(Photos by Sudath Silva)

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