SRI Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena will be in the Philippines for a five-day state visit to the Philippines next week, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.
Undersecretary Elmer Cato said Sisisena will visit the country from January 15 to January 19 on the invitation of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.
Cato said the President would meet Sirisena on January 16 to hold bilateral meetings “on areas of mutual interest, including political, economic, cultural and people-to-people engagement.”
While in Manila, 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,” Cato said. BERNADETTE TAMAYO