May 18, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa will visit China next week to attend the international summit, the 4th Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA).
The Summit will be held in Shanghai, China from May 20 to 21 under the theme of "Increasing dialogue, mutual trust and collaboration to build a new Asia that is peaceful, stable and cooperative."
A number of world leaders including Iranian and Russian presidents, along with the UN Secretary-General, will attend the summit, according to China's Foreign Ministry.
Chinese President Xi Jinping will attend and chair the Summit. Leaders or representatives of CICA member states and observer states, heads of relevant international organizations and guests will attend the Summit upon invitation.
CICA is a multinational forum comprising 24 members and nine observer states including the US.
This will be 1st CICA summit Sri Lanka will be participating, after it received observer status in May 2013. The President will be accompanied by External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris.