Prime Minister of Thailand, General Prayut Chan-o-cha would arrive in Sri Lanka on a two-day official visit on Thursday and negotiations for a possible future Free Trade Agreement (FTA) would be launched during the visit, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said today.
It said the PM would visit Sri Lanka at the invitation of President Maithripala Sirisena and that the visit takes place against the backdrop of discussions during President Sirisena’s visit to Thailand in November 2015.
Prime Minister Chan-o-cha will arrive in Sri Lanka in the afternoon of 12 July. On the evening of 12 July, he will be received by President Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat, and accorded an official guard of honour and gun salute.
“This will be followed by official bilateral discussions that will cover the full range of bilateral engagement between Sri Lanka and Thailand from culture to commerce and people-to-people contact. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will host the visiting Prime Minister at breakfast followed by discussions focusing on economic cooperation, trade and investments between the two countries,” the ministry said in a statement.
During the visit, four instruments including a Treaty on the Transfer of Offenders and on Co-operation in the Enforcement of Penal Sentences to be signed by the two nations.
Prime Minister Chan-o-cha will visit the Temple of the sacred Tooth Relic in Kandy and call on the Most Venerable Mahanayake Theras of the Malwatta and Asgiriya Chapters of the Siam sector. He will also plant a sapling at the Royal Botanical Garden in Peradeniya to mark his visit to Sri Lanka.