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President commences two day state visit to Qatar

 

President Maithripala Sirisena arrived at Hamad International Airport in Doha today on a two day state visit on the invitation of the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.

The President was received by a special delegation including the Minister of Economy and Commerce Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim Al Thani at the Airport. 

The staff of the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Doha including the Sri Lankan ambassador to State of Qatar also participated in the occasion.

The officials of the Sri Lankan Embassy organized a special welcome ceremony at the hotel where the President will stay.

During his two day state visit the President is due to hold bilateral discussions with the Qatar Emir, Quatar Prime Minister and as well as with several other Quatar Ministers.

Bilateral talks between the President and the Qatar Foreign Minister will be held this afternoon.

The President will also participate in a Sri Lanka – Qatar business forum in this afternoon and will also visit the Museum of Islamic Art.

Around 140,000 Sri Lankans are currently working in various fields in Qatar.

The President is also scheduled to hold friendly discussion with Sri Lankan community in Qatar.