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President returns from Philippines

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By ITN News Editor January 20, 2019 18:51

President returns from Philippines

President Maithripala Sirisena ended his four day Philippine state tour which brought many benefits to the country, and returned to the country last night. The President commenced his Philippine Tour last Tuesday. This is the first time where a Sri Lankan State Leader was invited for a state tour in Philippines strengthening 58 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries. The President joined to commemorate the heroes who took part in the Philippine revolution and as his first engagement. The President went to the historic urban park Rizal in Manila and paid floral tributes to the monument. The President received a warm welcome from the Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte at the Philippines President’s House, Malacañan Palace. The two state leaders held lengthy discussions on taking forward economic, trade and cultural relations of the two countries. Five new agreements were signed before the two state leaders to strengthen those relations. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte hosted a dinner to President Maithripala Sirisena at the Malacañan Palace. The Philippine President displaying his friendship presented President Maithripala Sirisena with a portrait of President Sirisena as a special memento. Addressing the media the Philippine President said that a commitment would be made to enhance Philippine and Sri Lanka relations with a trustworthy friendship. The Speaker of the Philippine Parliament informed President Maithripala Sirisena that they would support the programs implemented by the government under the direction of Philippine President to support Sri Lanka in Parliament. During the tour of the President the Chairman of the Asian Development Bank agreed a loan grant of 445 million Dollars for three major projects in Sri Lanka. As another special act, during the tour of the President in Philippines, a five year action plan was signed between International Rice Research Centre at Los Banos and Sri Lanka. The action plan was signed to implement the national plan to make Sri Lanka self-sufficient in rice. The aim of the plan is to make Sri Lanka self-sufficient in rice and to minimize impact of climate change. Another significant event of the tour was the steps taken to name a plot of land at the international Rice Research Centre under the name of President Maithripala Sirisena. The steps have been taken in recognition of the President’s commitment and his liking to agriculture. The Philippine Government has also expressed its support to overcome challenges in illegal drug eradication which is one of the major tasks of President Maithripala Sirisena. A special Philippine Expert Group is scheduled to arrive in Sri Lanka to explore possibilities of providing technical advisory services in that regard. It was revealed during a discussion with the Heads of Police and other senior officials of the Philippine Anti-narcotic Bureau.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor January 20, 2019 18:51

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