Sept 23, New York: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa accompanied by the First Lady Shiranthi Wickramasinghe Rajapaksa arrived in New York City Sunday to attend the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) at the UN headquarters in New York.
The President and the First Lady were welcomed by the Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations Dr. Palitha Kohona, the Deputy Permanent Representative Major General Shavendra Silva, staff members of the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations and several Members of the Sri Lankan community living in New York City.
The President is scheduled to deliver his address to the UN General Assembly on Tuesday September 24. This will be the sixth time the President will address the UNGA, the first of which was in 2006.
In addition to taking part in the General Assembly, President Rajapaksa is also scheduled to hold bilateral discussions with UN Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon, Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma and several other leaders from countries in Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
The Minister of External Affairs Prof. G.L. Peiris, Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources
Management Nimal Siripala de Silva, Minister of Youth Affairs and Skills Development Dullas Alahapperuma, Monitoring MP of the Ministry of External Affairs Sajin De Vass Gunawardena, Member of Parliament Lohan Ratwatte and Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga are accompanying President Rajapaksa on this visit. (Photos by Sudath Silva)