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* Former Maldivian President Abdul Gayoom visits Sri Lanka
Fri, Apr 18, 2014, 12:05 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 17, Colombo: Former President of the Maldives Abdul Gayoom, accompanied by his wife Mrs. Nasreena Gayoom, is in Sri Lanka for a visit, the External Affairs Ministry said in a statement Thursday.

Sri Lanka's Minister of External Affairs, Professor G.L. Peiris welcomed the former President and his wife at the Bandaranaike International Airport by, on Wednesday, 16th April.

Former President Gayoom is in Sri Lanka to attend the Commonwealth Day event as Guest of Honour and to celebrate the Sinhala and Tamil New Year, the Ministry said.

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa in his capacity as Chair-in-Office of the Commonwealth will host the event on 26th April 2014.

Former President Abdul Gayoom is the half-brother of the current President of Maldives.

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