President receives grand welcome at Cambodian Royal Palace

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –Cambodia stands firmly together with Sri Lanka in further cementing bilateral relations in economic, trade, social as well as the renaissance of Buddhism, His Majesty Preah Bat Samdech Preah Boronmeath Norodom Sihamoni, King of Cambodia said.

His Majesty made these comments when President Maithripala Sirisena, who is currently on a four-day state visit to Cambodia held a meeting at the palace yesterday (8).

President Sirisena was accorded a grand welcome on his arrival at the Royal Palace by the King of Cambodia.

King Sihamoni recalled the strong ties between Cambodia and Sri Lanka and thanked the Sri Lankan leader for accepting the invitation to visit his nation.

His Majesty commended the progress achieved by Sri Lanka under the leadership of President Sirisena in economic, trade, social and religious fields. The King also extended his gratitude for the assistance given by Sri Lanka to Cambodia in the educational sector including scholarships to Cambodian monks.

The King and the President extensively discussed ways and means of furthering the existing relations in education, tourism and several other sectors for mutual benefit.

The President, thanking the Cambodian King for the invitation marking a milestone of the long standing relations between the two countries said this visit is even more important as Sri Lanka has already taken significant steps for the renaissance of Buddhism.

Later President Sirisena visited the Independence Monument in Phnom Penh and paid a floral tribute to the statue of King-Father of Cambodia, His Majesty Preah Bat Samdech Preah Boronmeath Norodom Sihanouk.

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