President to visit Thailand
President Mahinda Rajapaksa will leave for Thailand today (Tuesday
29) as a guest of the Royal Thai government. During his visit to
Thailand, the President will hold bilateral talks with Thai Prime
Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.
Prime Minister Shinawatra will host a luncheon in honour of President
Rajapaksa, according to a release issued by Presidential Spokesman and
International Media Advisor Bandula Jayasekera.
A Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of External
Affairs of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand on Bilateral
Political Consultations and Exchanging of the Instruments of
Ratification for the Treaty between the Government of the Kingdom of
Thailand and the Government of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri
Lanka on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters will also take
place during the visit of President Mahinda Rajapaksa to Thailand.
Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn will grant an
audience to President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Srapathum Palace. The
Princess will host a dinner in honour of the President.
President Rajapaksa will attend the opening ceremony of the Buddha
Jayanthi, the celebration of 2,600 years of the Buddha’s Enlightenment
on Thursday, May 31. President Mahinda Rajapaksa will deliver a speech
on ‘Buddha’s enlightenment for the well-being of humanity’ on Saturday,
June 2 at the celebration of the Buddha Jayanthi.
During his visit to the Thai capital, President Rajapaksa will attend
a Business Forum and a Business luncheon with Thai and Sri Lankan
From time immemorial Sri Lanka and Thailand have had very close
religious, cultural, political and trade relations. Sri Lanka and
Thailand established modern diplomatic relations on November 20, 1955.