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2 October 2014 02:18 pm - 11     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


President Mahinda Rajapaksa left the Island this afternoon for a visit to Italy and the Vatican on an invitation by the Holy See. He is accompanied by First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa.

President Rajapaksa will arrive at Fiumicino Airport in Rome in the evening. The highlight of the President's visit will be an audience with His Holiness Pope Francis I at Apostolic Palace which will take place on Friday (03).

Thereafter President Rajapaksa will have talks with His Eminence Pietro Cardinal Parolin, Secretary of State and Prime Minister of the Holy See.

During his stay in Italy, President will meet Sri Lankan expatriates living there and will also have discussions with SLFP organizers for the European Union, Rome and Northern Italy.

Minister of External Affairs Prof. G. L. Peiris, Minister of State Resources and Enterprise DevelopmentMr. Dayasritha Tissera, Minister of Social Services Mr. Felix Perera, Deputy Minister of External Affairs Mr. Neomal Perera, Chief Opposition Whip Mr. John Amaratunga, Monitoring MP of the Ministry of External Affairs Mr. Sajin de Vass Gunawardenaand Secretary to the Ministry of External Affairs, Mrs. Kshenuka Senewiratne are also accompanying the President during this tour. (Sorce:

  Comments - 11

  • Peter Thursday, 02 October 2014 07:57 PM

    Another trip another junket.Many more millions spent on hotels and parties.The monitoring MP is gone for a free drinks. All the while The World Food Programme is feeding the starving in the drought stricken areas. via DM Android App

    saman Friday, 03 October 2014 12:35 AM

    All this could have done through Skype for free.

    Lanka Shantha Friday, 03 October 2014 12:47 AM

    Pope office had already announced that he is visiting Sri Lanka and Philippines.
    Philippines President is not going to invite him by traveling to Vatican.

    ANTON Friday, 03 October 2014 01:09 AM


    mount Friday, 03 October 2014 09:17 AM


    mack Friday, 03 October 2014 10:50 AM

    hope there wont be any punches trown in Italy via DM Android App

    Sammy Friday, 03 October 2014 05:27 AM

    BBS may get agitated by this.

    MAHESH Friday, 03 October 2014 06:11 AM

    last few months in power, go ahead and more trips MR

    ubc Friday, 03 October 2014 07:47 AM

    [quote name="Sammy"]BBS may get agitated by this.[/quote]

    May be on the day when Muslims celebrate their Festival

    Regi Friday, 03 October 2014 11:16 AM

    who will get hammered by Sajin this time

    Suq Madique Friday, 03 October 2014 12:48 PM

    This is one trip the UNP will not query on expenses because one of their own has also participated so that makes it ok

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