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* Indonesian President arrives in Sri Lanka on a state visit
Wed, Jan 24, 2018, 10:51 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 24, Colombo: Indonesian President Joko Widodo accompanied by his wife arrived in Sri Lanka on Wednesday for a two-day state visit on the invitation of Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena.

Foreign Affairs Minister Tilak Marapana welcomed the Indonesian President arrived at the Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake this afternoon in a special Indonesian aircraft.

The official ceremony to welcome the Indonesian President was held at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo this evening under the patronage of President Sirisena.

President Widodo, who was accompanied by a 50-member business delegation, was accorded a ceremonial welcome with an Army guard of honor and twenty-one-gun salute.

The official meeting between the Indonesian President and his Sri Lankan counterpart President Maithripala Sirisena took place this evening following the official welcome.

Several Memoranda of Understanding are to be inked between the two countries during President Widodo's visit.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will also have discussions on economic, trade and investment cooperation with President Widodo at a breakfast meeting on 25th January.

Meanwhile a discussion was held at the Temple Trees between the visiting Indonesian business delegation and Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

The main objective of the discussion was to promote the investment and trade affairs between the two countries.

Sri Lanka and Indonesia established diplomatic relations 65 years ago, and have been maintaining cordial bilateral relations since then. In 2016, President Maithripala Sirisena undertook a State visit to Indonesia.

The Indonesia President is visiting the island nation as part of a diplomatic tour of five-member states of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), in a bid to strengthen Indonesia's strategic partnership in the Indo-Pacific region.


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