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Thai PM concludes official visit to Sri Lanka.

Colombo, July 2 -- After a two day official tour in Sri Lanka Thailand Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra left the island Saturday (01) for Maldives.

Foreign Secretary Sarath Amunugama and Deputy Minister Nirupama Rajapaksa sent off the Thai PM who was in Sri Lanka with a business delegation to strengthen bilateral cooperation with the island nation and explore trade and investment opportunities.

Ms. Yingluck met Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Friday (May 31) at the Presidential Secretariat and held discussions on a number of issues including cooperation in defense, trade, investment and tourism.

Following the bilateral discussions, the two countries signed agreements on visa exemption for official and diplomatic passports, cooperation on tourism, sciences and technologies, and commerce and banking.

The Thai Premier also addressed the Sri Lanka's parliament, 10 years after her brother, former Thai PM Thaksin Shinawatra, addressed the assembly in 2003.

After addressing Parliament, the Thai premier left for Kandy where she paid homage to the Temple of the Tooth relic and called on the Chief Prelates of Malwatte and Asgiriya chapters.

President Rajapaksa and First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa hosted a banquet for the visiting Prime Minister and her delegation at the President's House on Friday night. The PM enjoyed a cultural show staged by the dance troupe of the National Youth Service Society.

On Saturday (01) Ms. Yingluck visited the Deepaduttaramaya in Kotahena which is the first Siamese temple to be established in the country in 1885. Members of the Maha Sangha led by the Chief Incumbent of the temple Ven. Waskaduwe Mahindawansa Thera invoked blessings on the Thai Premier.

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Publication:South Asian Journal (Lahore, Pakistan)
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Date:Jul 2, 2013
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