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* Sri Lanka, Uganda leaders hold bilateral discussions
Sun, May 12, 2013, 10:13 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

May 12, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is on a four-day official visit to Uganda, met with his Ugandan counterpart, President Yoweri Museveni at the State House in Entebbe Sunday to hold bilateral discussions.

President Museveni welcomed the Sri Lankan President and a Ugandan student greeted the President with flowers upon his arrival at the official residence of the Ugandan President.

The visiting President was honored with a 21-gun salute and the President inspected a guard of honor.

Following the official welcoming ceremony, the two presidents engaged in a one-on-one conversation prior to attending bilateral talks.

The delegations of Sri Lanka and Uganda, headed by the two presidents, held bilateral talks at the State House and the discussions focused on a number of sectors on which the two countries agreed to collaborate during President Museveni's visit to Sri Lanka last November. Bulk of the talks focused on agriculture, energy and trade sectors.

President Rajapaksa is in Uganda to participate in the 2013 Commonwealth Local Government conference to be held in Kampala from May 14 -17.

As the incoming Commonwealth Chairperson-in-office, President Rajapaksa will deliver the keynote speech at the closing session of the conference on Friday, May 17.

Uganda has continually extended support to Sri Lanka in many international fora including the United Nations Human Rights Council and Commonwealth.

In addition to the ministers of education, agriculture, and energy and mineral development, a number of other senior Ugandan government ministers were present for the bilateral talks.

Sri Lankan delegation included Minister of External Affairs Prof. G.L. Peiris, Monitoring MP for the Ministry of External Affairs Sajin de Vaas Gunawardena, Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga, Sri Lanka's High Commissioner designated to Uganda (resident in Nairobi, Kenya) T. Raveenthiran and Sri Lanka's Honorary Consul in Uganda V. Kananathan.

(Photos by Sudath Silva)

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