HM meets Sri Lanka president

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COLOMBO, SRI LANKA

HIS Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam held talks with the Sri Lanka president yesterday morning.

The talks between His Majesty and the Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa took place at the Waters Edge, Battaramulla, Sri Lanka just before the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) Retreat Session.

During the meeting, His Majesty and President Rajapaksa discussed issues related to bilateral relations as well as regional and international matters of mutual concern, according to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office.

Later at night, His Majesty attended a state dinner held for the Commonhealth heads of government at the Temple Trees, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

The dinner was hosted by Sri Lanka President Rajapaksa and his wife, Shiranthi Wickramasinghe Rajapaksa.

Accompanying His Majesty were Second Finance Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Setia Dato Seri Setia Hj Abdul Rahman Hj Ibrahim, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Dewa Dato Seri Setia Lim Jock Seng, the Second Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Minister of Energy at the Prime Minister’s Office Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (R) Dato Seri Setia Hj Mohammad Yasmin Hj Umar.

In a separate event on Friday night, the monarch also attended a state banquet hosted by Prince Charles of Wales as the representative of Queen Elizabeth II, the head of the Commonwealth; and the Duchess of Cornwall to welcome the Commonwealth heads of Government and heads of delegations.

The event took place at the Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel, Colombo. The banquet is one of the traditional events hosted by the head of Commonwealth to welcome the Commonwealth leaders.

Sri Lanka is the host of CHOGM 2013 and will be the Commonwealth chair for the next two years.

According to its government, Sri Lanka has a population of over 20 million. About 800,000 Sri Lankans work abroad, 90 per cent in the Middle East, and generate over US$1 billion USD annually.

The Brunei Times