A warm welcome at the Airport to President who has been appointed as new BIMSTEC Chairman
President Maithripala Sirisena, who has been selected as the Chairman of the 5th Summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), returned to the Island yesterday (02) after completing a successful state visit to Nepal and attending the 4th Summit of the BIMSTEC held in Kathmandu.
A special ceremony was organized at the Bandaranaike International Airport to receive the President who arrived in the country as the new Chairman of the 5th Summit of the BIMSTEC.
President Sirisena who reached at the Bandaranaike International Airport around 10.20 p.m. escorted to the VVIP lounge on the red carpet.
Later, Seth Pirith chanted by Mahasangha to invoke blessings on the President and other religious rituals were also held to invoke blessings on the President.
A large number of Ministers and MPs were present at the Airport to receive the President.
President Sirisena left the country on last 29th to attend the 4th Summit of the BIMSTEC held in Nepal.
The BIMSTEC is a regional organization comprising seven Member States lying in the littoral and adjacent areas of the Bay of Bengal constituting a contiguous regional unity. It constitutes seven Member States: five deriving from South Asia -Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and two from Southeast Asia -Myanmar and Thailand.
During the conclusion of the 4th Summit of the BIMSTEC the Chairmanship of the 5th Summit of the BIMSTEC handed over to President Maithripala Sirisena.
All the state leaders extended their best wishes to the President for his new appointment as the Chairman of the BIMSTEC and they expressed confidence that the functions of the BIMSTEC will move forward with strength under the leadership of the President Sirisena.
Meanwhile, President Sirisena who engaged in a two-day official visit in Nepal held bi- lateral discussions with the President of Nepal Bhidya Devi Bhandari and Prime Minister K.P.Oli. There they entered into several agreements to make a close connection to develop economical, social and cultural ties between both nations where two agreements were signed in order to uplift the cooperation youth affairs and training of government officers.
Apart from that, President Maithripala Sirisena also held discussions with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modhi, President of Myanmar Win Myint, Bangladesh Prime Minister Shaikh Hasina where those leaders promised to provide fullest assistance to economic and social development activities in Sri Lanka.
The President also engaged in Sri Lanka-Nepal trade and investment conference during his visit.
President and other envoys engaged in worshipping Lumbini where Prince Siddhartha was born and other sacred religious places.
A farewell was organized at the Thribhuwan International Airport of Kathmandu to bid farewell in a dignified manner to the President and it several Nepali ministers and representatives were present to bid farewell to the President.
President Maithripala Sirisnea has endeavored in eradicating the black marks of the past regarding Sri Lanka’s image in the International sphere and to revive the good image of the Motherland in the International arena. Sri Lanka will be massively benefitted from these efforts to enhance the country’s image in the international arena as a friendly national following the nonaligned foreign policy.