Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte held talks with visiting Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena following formal ceremonies held at the Malacañan Palace today, the Sun Star reported.
Sirisena, who is in the country for a five-day state visit, arrived at the Palace’s Kalayaan grounds and was officially welcomed by Duterte and other Philippine officials.
After the welcome rites, Duterte and Sirisena held bilateral discussions that were to focus on areas of mutual interest, including political, economic, agricultural, cultural, and people-to-people engagement.
The two leaders also witnessed the signing of exchange of agreements.
Sirisena’s visit is the first by a Sri Lankan president serving both as head of state and government under Sri Lanka’s 1987 Constitution.
Prior to Sirisena’s visit, Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike was the only other Sri Lankan leader to visit the Philippines, in 1976, since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries in 1961. (Colombo Gazette)