Lankan President on a historic visit to Germany after 43 years

Berlin, Feb 16(ANI) :Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, accompanied by his wife Jayanthi Sirisena arrived in Berlin on Monday for a three-day official visit to Germany, a first by a Sri Lankan head of state in 43 years.

Ambassador Jurgen Christian Mertens, Chief of Protocol at the Federal Foreign Office welcomed the Sri Lankan President and Mrs. Sirisena at the Berlin Tegel Airport, reports Lanka Page.

Sirisena, will use his visit to Germany, one of the economically powerful state of Europe, to strengthen relations between the two countries and explore new avenues for cooperation.

During the visit the President will meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday for discussions. He will also meet with President of the Bundestag Professor. Dr. Norbert Lamment, and Federal President of Germany Joachim Gauck.

The foundation for further strengthening economic and cultural relations will be the main focus of Sri Lankan President’s visit which also aims to greatly improve the island nation’s commerce with Germany.

The President will address the German Business Council for Industries on the 18th February.

Sirisena will open the Sri Lankan-German Business Forum and shed light over recent economic developments and new business opportunities in Sri Lanka.

Over 250 German businessmen and head of German trade chambers have already registered to attend the forum.

Sirisena will also be meeting with two very important Ministers of the Federal Government i.e. Minister for Economic Corporation and Minister of Foreign Affairs.(ANI)

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