Sri Lanka President leaves for Russia to participate in economic forum

June 16, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa left for Russia on Wednesday to attend the 15th Annual St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEP) and meet with Russian leaders in Moscow.

During his three-day visit President Rajapaksa is expected to meet with the Russian political leaders to seek Moscow’s support for Sri Lanka.

Rajapaksa is scheduled to have one-on-one talks with the Russian President Dmitry Medvedev where he would brief his Russian counterpart on matters arising from the UN Experts Panel’s report.

The forum, held annually with the participation of Russian President, brings together prominent politicians, corporate executives and experts to discuss key issues of the global economy.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will inaugurate the three-day forum on June 16th. Leaders of large economies including Chinese President Hu Jintao, Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, Finnish President Tarja Halonen and Kazakhthan President Nursultan Nazarbayev, the official website of the forum said.

Minister of External Affairs Prof. G.L. Peiris, President’s Director General for Media Relations Bandula Jayasekara, Governor of Central Bank Ajith Nivard Cabraal, Secretary to the Ministry of Finance, Planning, and the Treasury Dr. P. B. Jayasundara, Secretary to the President Lalith Weerathunge, accompanied the President to the Forum for which Sri Lanka has been invited as an observer.

The Sri Lankan delegation is also expected to meet other delegations on the sidelines to clarify on recent events in Sri Lanka.

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