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India’s External Affairs State Minister V. Muraleedharan calling on the President
India’s External Affairs State Minister V. Muraleedharan calling on the President

The Ministers representing India, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Nepal who visited Sri Lanka to participate in the 75th Independence Day Celebration called on President Ranil Wickremesinghe at the Presidential Secretariat on Saturday (4).

India’s External Affairs State Minister V. Muraleedharan called on the President first and during their discussion attention was drawn on the implementation of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution and the measures taken to ensure ethnic harmony. Indian State Minister V. Muraleedharan appreciated the measures taken by the Sri Lankan Government under the leadership of President Wickremesinghe to ensure ethnic harmony in the country.

Thereafter, President Ranil Wickremesinghe met Bhutan’s Education Minister Jai Bir Rai who arrived in the country to participate in the Independence Day celebration. Their discussion focused on strengthening ties between the two countries. A greater focus was drawn on education and improving cultural ties especially in tourism.

During the discussion between the President and Bangladesh’s Foreign Minister Dr A. K. Abdul Momen, focus was drawn on strengthening ties between the two countries where President Ranil Wickremesinghe thanked the latter for the assistance rendered to Sri Lanka during economic crisis.

Later, Pakistan’s State Minister of Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar called on President Ranil Wickremesinghe. The Pakistani State Minister appreciated the commitment by the President in the economic recovery efforts and extended an invitation to the President to visit Pakistan. Discussions also focused on the development of business ties and tourism especially in religious tourism.

Nepal’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Bimala Rai Paudyal also called on the President and welcomed the initiatives taken by the President in tackling climate change. The Nepali Minister also expressed the desire to see further strengthening tourism between the two countries.

Foreign Affairs Minister of Maldives Abdulla Shahid also called on the President and engaged in a discussion. 


The President with Bhutan’s Education Minister Jai Bir Rai and delegation.


Foreign Affairs Minister of Maldives Abdulla Shahid with the President.


Bangladesh’s Foreign Minister Dr A. K. Abdul Momen greeting the President.


Pakistan’s Foreign Affairs State Minister Hina Rabbani Khar calling on the President.


Nepal’s Foreign Affairs Minister Dr. Bimala Rai Paudyal and delegation along with the President.

Monday, February 6, 2023 – 01:00











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