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Sri Lankan president to visit PHL next week

FILE PHOTO: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena gestures as he speaks during a meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia March 23, 2017. REUTERS/Kirill Kudryavtsev

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena will be visiting the Philippines from January 15 – 19, said the latter’s Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Friday, Jan. 11.

During his state visit, Sirisena will attend a bilateral meeting with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday, Jan. 16, to discuss areas of mutual interest; including political, economic, cultural and people-to-people engagement.

The president of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka will also visit the Asian Development Bank in Mandaluyong, Metro Manila, and the International Rice Research Institute in Los Banos, Laguna during his four day visit in the Philippines.

Sirisena is the first Sri Lankan President, serving both as Head of State and Government under the country’s 1978 Constitution, and the second Sri Lankan leader to visit the Philippines since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries in 1961.

Sirisen will be travelling to the Philippines following an invitation from Duterte.

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