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PRES. DUTERTE TO MEET WITH SRI LANKA PRESIDENT DURING STATE VISIT TO PHL



President Rodrigo Duterte is set to meet with Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena on Wednesday.

The Sri Lankan Leader is scheduled to arrive today, Jan. 15 for a five-day state visit upon the invitation of President Duterte.

According to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, the two leaders are expected to hold “bilateral discussions that will focus on areas of mutual interest, including political, economic, agriculture, cultural and people-to-people engagement.”

Signing and/or exchange of agreements are also expected after the meeting.

Sirisena is also set to visit the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Pasig City and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in Los Baños, Laguna.

His visit is the historic first by a Sri Lankan president serving both as Head of State and Government under Sri Lanka’s 1978 Constitution.

He is the second Sri Lankan leader to visit the Philippines in 1976, since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries in 1961.