Nepal’s President Bidya Devi Bhandari arrived in Sri Lanka last morning at the invitation of Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena to participate in the International Vesak celebrations.
Upon arrival at Bandaranaike International Airport, President Bhandari was welcomed by Sri Lankan Minister for Justice and Buddha Sasana, Wijayadasa Rajapakshe, Minister for Foreign Employment, Thalatha Athukorala, and Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr. Harsha de Silva and high-level officers of the Foreign Ministry.
President Bhandari will be the Chief Guest in the closing ceremony of the 14th UN International Vesak day Celebrations to be held in Kandy tomorrow (14th May).
The Nepali President is scheduled to hold bilateral talks with her Sri Lankan counterpart and will hold high-level political talks during her visit. She will also visit various religious sites in Sri Lanka, including Dalada Maligawa, the Temple of Tooth in Kandy.
Following her arrival, President Bhandari attended a cultural show held at the Nelum Pokuna theatre as part of the UN Vesak Day Celebrations in Colombo.
President Maithripala Sirisena, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, Minister Wijayadasa Rajapaksha, and other dignitaries were present at the occasion.