Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will be leaving to Singapore on an official visit on Thursday whilst former President Mahinda Rajapaksa will fly over to Malaysia the same day.
Prime Minister’s Office said Wickremesinghe will be attending the 2016 Indian Ocean Summit organized by the India Foundation. The meeting will discuss regional issues concerning economics, defence, cultural and environment.
Malaysia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Ministers of India, Singapore, Bangladesh as well as Maldives former President and Thailand’s Cultural Minister, Japan’s State Minister of Foreign Affairs and Vietnam’s Deputy Foreign Minister will be participating as well.
The premier is accompanied by his wife Maithree and the Minister of Internal Affairs, Wayamba Development and Culture S.B. Nawinna.
Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa will be leading a delegation of the Joint Opposition to the International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP) meeting to be held in Malaysia from 1-4 September 2016.
The other members of the Joint Opposition delegation will be parliamentarians Dinesh Gunawardana, Jonston Fernando and Lohan Ratwatte; former parliamentarians Udith Lokubandara and A.H.M Azwer and former provincial council minister Upali Kodikara.
On the sidelines of the ICAPP meeting, the Joint Opposition delegation is to meet the Chinese Communist Party delegation. Former President Rajapaksa will also meet the Malaysian Prime Minsiter along with the other heads of delegations attending this conference.
The Joint Opposition delegation will also meet with other political parties in Malaysia, and in other countries in Asia and also a delegation of the Malaysian business community. During this visit, the former president will also visit several Buddhist places of worship in the country.