President leaves for Indonesia

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – President Maithripala Sirisena left for Indonesia this morning (06) to attend the Leaders’ Summit of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) commencing on Tuesday (07).

The President is expected to arrive at the International Airport in Jakarta at 2.00 p.m. today to attend the summit which takes place under the theme “Strengthening Maritime Cooperation for a Peaceful, Stable, and Prosperous Indian Ocean”.

The Summit will bring together the Leaders of the 21 IORA Member States and its 7 Dialogue Partners as well as other special invitees and guests.

On the sidelines of the IORA meetings, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera will hold bilateral discussions with his counterparts from IORA member countries.

IORA is a regional forum which aims to facilitate and promote economic co-operation in the Indian Ocean Region. Sri Lanka was a founder member of the IOR-ARC and hosted the 4th and 5th Council of Ministers’ Meeting in 2003 and 2004 in Colombo.

Currently 21 countries are members of the IORA along with seven dialogue partners.

The meeting will focus on IORA’s objectives and priority areas including Maritime Safety and Security, Trade and Investment Facilitation, Fisheries Management, Disaster Risk Management Academic, Science and Technology Cooperation and Tourism and Cultural Exchanges.

Following the conclusion of Leaders’ Summit, President Sirisena will pay his first State visit to Indonesia as the Sri Lankan Head of State. During the state visit, both countries are expected to sign several bilateral agreements on a wide range of matters.


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