President to have key talks with Angela and Fischer

German Chancellor Angela MerkelPresident Maithripala Sirisena will have key talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the President of Austria Heinz Fischer next week.

The President will leave for Germany on an official visit next week. During his visit both countries are expected to further strengthen economic and trade cooperation.

Germany is one of economically powerful member States of the European Union and one of the largest export economies in the world.

During his visit to Germany the President is also expected to secure economic and development benefits for Sri Lanka, the President’s office said.

A special ceremony will also be held under the patronage of German Chancellor Angela Merkel to welcome the President on February 17.

President Sirisena is scheduled to visit the German Parliament and to meet representatives of the German Parliament. Subsequent to that the President is expected to held bilateral discussions with the German Foreign Minister.

A special discussion between the President and the German Economic Affairs Minister is also scheduled to be held.

After concluding the 2-day visit to Germany the President will leave for Austria on February 19.

The President of Austria, Heinz Fischer, will warmly welcome the President. The President is expected to have talks with a high level Austrian delegation including with the Austrian President.

During the visit to Austria the President is also scheduled to meet the Austrian business community. The aim of the tour is to further collaborate and strengthen the relations between the two countries. (Colombo Gazette)

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