Sri Lanka President holds bilateral talks with Chinese and Nepalese leaders
By Janaka Alahapperuma
Nov 1, 2010
President Mahinda Rajapaksa concluded a bilateral discussion with Wen Jiabao, Prime Minister of China short while ago at Xijiao Guest House in Shanghai on 31 October. President Rajapaksa is currently in China on a two day state visit to participate the closing ceremony of the Shanghai EXPO 2010 trade exhibition. He was invited as a special guest by the government of China along with number of head of states including Finland and Hungary. In the course of this visit, the President took the opportunity to visit the Sri Lankan Pavilion at the EXPO 2010 Trade exhibition. This exhibition will fulfill an important role in facilitating increase bilateral trade between the Republic of China and Sri Lanka and the rest of the world.

External Affairs Minister Prof.G.L.Peiris, Housing Minister Wimal Weerawansa, Parliamentarian Sajin Vas Gunawardane, President's Secretary Lalith Weeratunga, Ambassador for China Karunathilake Amunugama also participated at the meeting.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa met his Nepalese counterpart Ram Baran Yadav, this morning (31 October) in Shanghai China. Both leaders are currently in China to participate the closing ceremony of the six months long Shanghai EXPO 2010 International Trade Exhibition organized by the Government of China. Numbers of Head of States were invited as special guests of the ceremony.

The two leaders discussed many matters related to both countries including political, trade and investment, education and tourism. President Rajapaksa also promised to continue the support given to Lumbini Development Project, sacred Buddhist site in Nepal. External Affairs Minister Prof G.L.Peiris and Secretary to the President,Lalith Weeratunga participated the occasion. Sri Lankan President also scheduled to meet Wen Jiabao, Prime Minister of China this afternoon before the conclusion of his two days official visit to China.

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