President to visit the Philippines next week

On an invitation extended by Philippines President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, President Maithripala Sirisena will undertake a State Visit to the Philippines from 15 to 19 January 2019, the Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs said today.

President Sirisena will meet with President Duterte on 16 January 2019 to hold bilateral discussions on areas of mutual interest, including political, economic, cultural and people-to-people engagement.

While in Manila, President Sirisena is also scheduled to visit the Asian Development Bank (ADB), and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in Los Baños.

The visit of President Sirisena is the first by a Sri Lankan President serving both as Head of State and Government under Sri Lanka’s 1978 Constitution, and the second by a Sri Lankan leader since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries in 1961. (Colombo Gazette)