President Maithripala Sirisena left on an official visit to the Russian Federation today, the first full State visit to Russia by a Sri Lankan leader since 1974, when Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike visited Moscow, the President’s office said.
The visit, at the invitation of President Vladimir Putin, takes place as both countries celebrate the 60th anniversary of the establishment diplomatic relations this year.
During the visit, President Sirisena is scheduled to hold a bilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin tomorrow (23 March 2017).
The official discussions are expected to review progress made in the longstanding bilateral relationship, including the way forward to further promote trade and investment between the two countries. (Colombo Gazette)