Thai PM to visit Sri Lanka, Maldives

Bangkok, May 30 (IANS) Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra will pay official visits to Sri Lanka and Maldives from Friday to Sunday, the foreign ministry said.

A press release from the foreign ministry said Thursday that Prime Minister Yingluck is scheduled to have bilateral meetings with the presidents of both countries to discuss trade and investment cooperation, particularly in tourism, construction and agro-industry, as well as ways to enhance cultural and technical cooperation, connectivity and people-to-people contact.

Prime Minister Yingluck will visit Colombo, capital of Sri Lanka, Friday for an official reception and have bilateral meetings with President Mahinda Rajapaksa. She will also address the Sri Lankan Parliament, reported Xinhua.

The prime minister will also attend an Upasampada ceremony at the Sri Dalada Maligawa Temple or Sacred Tooth Temple, where an "Esala Perahera" Parade will be held in honor of Thailand and the Thai premier.

The Thai prime minister will also attend events to celebrate the 260th anniversary of the establishment of Siam Nikaya, a Buddhist sect which originated in Thailand but is located in Sri Lanka.

On Saturday, Yingluck will leave for Maldives. She is scheduled to have official meetings with President Mohammed Waheed. This would be the first ever official visit of a Thai prime minister to Maldives since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries 34 years ago.

Moreover, the two sides will discuss regional and global issues of common interest including disaster management, climate change and social diversity.

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