Lankapage Logo Recent Top Stories
CP 14 YEARS
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to LankaPage.com

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* Sri Lankan President calls for a youth forum at the upcoming SAARC Summit
Mon, Aug 11, 2014, 12:18 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Aug 11, Kandy: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa called for a forum at the upcoming South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit in November to address the issues that impact the youth in the South Asian region.

The President stressed the importance of such a forum when the Secretary General of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Arjun Bahadur Thapa called on the President at the President's House in Kandy Monday morning.

According to a press statement issued by the President's office, the Sri Lankan President informed the Secretary General that Sri Lanka is looking forward to participating in the 18th SAARC Summit, which will be held in Kathmandu in November of this year.

The Secretary General, who is currently in Sri Lanka on his first official visit since assuming duties in March his year, apprised the President on the current state of affairs of the regional organization with special reference to the preparations being made for the Summit in November.

President Rajapaksa proposed two specific initiatives for consideration by SAARC member countries.

The President stressed the importance of SAARC organizing a youth forum to bring together young people in the region in order to address issues that impact youth in this part of the world. President Rajapaksa also proposed a programme to develop a circuit that would promote connectivity with regard to religious and cultural places of interest in the SAARC region.

The discussion between the President and the Secretary General also focused on the renewed interest among members in further strengthening SAARC within the region while also establishing itself as a contributor to the economic prosperity not only in South Asia but also in the international arena.

Deputy Minister of External Affairs Neomal Perera, Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga and Additional Secretary to the Ministry of External Affairs Mrs. Chitranganee Wagiswara were also present for the discussion.

(Photos by Sudath Silva)

ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories
Sri Lanka bags four golds at the 12th South Asian Games
-- [7 hours ago]
UN rights chief says will listen to everyone, look for constructive discussion
-- [7 hours ago]
Sri Lanka opposition party protests UN Rights Chief's visit
-- [8 hours ago]
Sri Lanka police chief defends dutiful police officers, will not cover up for wrongdoers
-- [9 hours ago]
India fully supports Sri Lankan government policies - Minister Swaraj
-- [9 hours ago]
India, Sri Lanka discuss preparations to begin negotiations on the Economic and Technology Cooperation Agreement
Largest cruise liner MS Rotterdam to call at Sri Lanka's Hambanthota Port
Indian External Affairs Minister briefs Sri Lankan President on Joint Commission meeting outcomes
Sri Lanka Navy participates in International Fleet Review 2016
Korean assistance to develop Sri Lanka's fishing industry

Copyright © 2000, 2014 by LankaPage.com (LLC) :
The news and other contents on ColomboPage are copyrighted property of LankaPage.com, LLC. Any unauthorized use of any information on ColomboPage may constitute a violation of copyright laws. You need written permission to reproduce, republish, post, transmit, broadcast or distribute, material from this site from LankaPage.com, LLC. However, news organizations or broadcasters in Sri Lanka may republish the news items in ColomboPage with proper acknowledgment to ColomboPage.