The President of Maldives, Dr. Mohamed Waheed accompanied by First Lady Ilham Hussain and a business delegation arrived in Sri Lanka on a two-day working visit.
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa hosted President Waheed, First Lady Ilham Hussain and the Maldivian delegation for breakfast at the President’s House Saturday morning.
The meeting between President Rajapaksa and President Waheed focused on further strengthening bilateral relations between the two island nations.
Maldivian President, during his second official visit to the island, will also meet with several members of Sri Lanka’s business sector and the Maldivian community in Sri Lanka.
President Waheed has told Maldivian Media ahead of the visit that on his second visit to Sri Lanka since coming to office controversially last year, he would be holding bilateral talks on various issues such as requesting supply of materials like construction gravel and amendments to current visa arrangements between the two countries..
President Waheed iwill brief the diplomatic community in Colombo about the latest developments in the Maldives.
President Waheed is expected to meet Sri Lankan Prime Minister D. M. Jayaratne and hold bilateral talks on several issues.
Senior Minister of Urban Affairs A.H.M. Fowzie, Minister of Environment and Renewable Energy Susil Premajayantha, Minister of Youth Affairs and Skills Development Dullas Alahapperuma, Deputy Minister of Investment Promotion Faizer Mustapha, Monitoring Member of Parliament of the Ministry of External Affairs Sajin de Vass Gunawardena, Western Provincial Council Minister Udaya Gammanpila and, Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga were also present during the meeting.
(Source: Government News Portal)