President Maithripala Sirisena left for New York today to attend the UN General Assembly.
He is scheduled to deliver a special address at the General Debate of the 70th UNGA.
The President will have bilateral meetings with several leaders including Prime Minister of Malta Dr Joseph Muscat, Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif, Prime Minister of New Zealand John Key, and Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Turnbull during the summit.
He also will meet the President of ICRC; Peter Maurer, UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, the Executive Director of Human Rights Watch Kenneth Roth, as well as the Administrator of the UNDP Helen Clark.
External Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Affairs D.M. Swaminathan, Minister of Justice and Buddha Sasana Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe and Minister of Skills Development and Vocational Training Mahinda Samarasinghe, who was Minister in charge of human rights in the previous Government, are accompanying the President. (Colombo Gazette)