Apr 18, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has been invited to attend the 42nd Group of Seven (G7) summit which is scheduled to be held in Japan next month.
The 42nd G7 summit will be held on 26-27 May 2016 in Kashiko Island, Shima, Mie Prefecture, Japan. Leaders of G7 member states - Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, UK, USA- and representatives of the European Union will attend the summit.
Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe says the invitation to President Sirisena is a remarkable victory achieved by Sri Lanka in the international arena.
Addressing a media briefing held in Colombo today the Minister said the President has received this invitation as a result of the efforts taken by the present government to create reconciliation in the country during the last one and half years which have been commended by the international community as well.
Sri Lankan President will have the opportunity to hold discussions with Heads of States of the seven powerful industrial nations in the world as well as the leaders of the Europe Union. Minister Samarasinghe says it would bring immense benefits to the country.
Since the G7 Ise-Shima Summit will be the first summit held in Asia in eight years, the outreach meeting will engage in discussions that explore what is needed to sustain the well-being of Asia, which is steering economic growth as the growth center of the world.
With this perspective, the hosting state, Japan has invited the heads of state and government of Laos, Viet Nam, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Papua New Guinea.