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* Sri Lankan President discusses ICAPP arrangements
Fri, Aug 1, 2014, 12:55 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

July 31, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, this evening at Temple Trees, met with officials to discuss arrangements for the next meeting of the International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP).

Sri Lanka will be hosting the next International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP) from September 18- 21, 2014, under the theme "Building an Asian Community."

The eighth General Assembly of ICAPP will be co-hosted by the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the United National Party (UNP).

Approximately 100 different political parties from throughout Asia are expected to attend the high-level conference.

So far, participants from 33 countries have confirmed participation at the meeting, which will bring together numerous political parties from throughout the Asian region.

President Rajapaksa also addressed a special conference of ICAPP in Shaanxi Province during his state visit to China in May 2013. At that meeting as well, there was a focus placed on the need to strengthen the relationships between and among Asian nations.

ICAPP was launched in Manila in September 2000 to promote exchanges and cooperation between political parties from different Asian countries and with various ideologies. Since its inception, ICAPP has grown steadily in both membership and influence.

The conference inter alia aims to promote exchanges and cooperation between political parties from different countries in the area and with various ideologies in order to enhance mutual understanding and trust among Asian countries.

Minister of Health and the Secretary General of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Maithreepala Sirisena, Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa, Minister of Youth Affairs and Skills Development Dullas Alahapperuma, Deputy Speaker Chandima Weerakkody, Deputy Minister of External Affairs Neomal Perera, Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga and secretaries of several ministries were also present at the discussion.

(Photos by Nishanka de Silva)

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