Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena’s India Visit

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Who is  Maithripala SirisenaPallewatte Gamaralalage Maithripala Yapa Sirisena  known asMaithripala Sirisena or also referred to as “Maithri born 3 September 1951) is a Sri Lankan politician who has been President of Sri Lanka since 2015. He is a farmer and agriculturist and does not belong to any of the Sri Lankan political elite. Sirisena joined mainstream politics in 1989 as a member of the Parliament of Sri Lanka and has held several ministries since 1994.He was the general-secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party and was Minister of Health until November 2014 when he announced his candidacy for the 2015 presidential election as the opposition coalition’s “common candidate”.His victory in the election is generally viewed as a surprise, coming to office through the votes won from the alternative Sinhala-majority rural constituency and the Tamil and Muslim minority groups.

Sirisena was sworn in as the 7th president before Supreme Court judge K. Sripavan in Independence Square, Colomboat 6.20pm on 9 January 2015.Immediately afterwards he appointed Ranil Wickremesinghe as the new Prime Minister.

Maithripala Sirisena’s Visit in India: In his maiden foreign trip after assuming charge, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena arrived in Delhi on 15th Feb,2015 on a four-day visit during which he will hold talks with the Indian leadership on the entire gamut of bilateral ties including ways to further enhance cooperation, peace and the reconciliation process in the island nation.

The 63-year-old leader, who will arrive in New Delhi on 15th,hold talks with the Indian leadership on February 16 and will travelled the Buddhist pilgrimage site Bodh Gaya and a temple in Tirupati on February 17. The Sri Lankan President will return on February 18.

Important Agreements During Visit:-

List of Agreements/MoUs signed during the State Visit of the President of Sri Lanka to India:

S.No Agreement/MoU Indian Signatory Sri Lankan Signatory
1. Agreement between Sri Lanka and India on Cooperation in the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy. The Agreement would facilitate cooperation in the transfer and exchange of knowledge and expertise, sharing of resources, capacity building and training of personnel in peaceful uses of nuclear energy including use of radioisotopes, nuclear safety, radiation safety, nuclear security, radioactive waste management and nuclear and radiological disaster mitigation and environmental protection. Shri Ratan Kumar Sinha, Secretary, Department of Atomic Energy Hon. Patali Champika Ranawaka, Minister of Power & Energy
2. Programme of Cultural Cooperation between Sri Lanka and India for the years 2015 – 18. The Programme of Cultural Cooperation for 2015-18 seeks to enhance the level of cooperation in a wide variety of fields such as performing arts, visual arts, libraries, museums, archives & cultural documentation, archaeology, handicrafts, publications and professional exchanges. Shri Ravindra Singh, Secretary, Ministry of Culture H.E. Sudharshan Seneviratne, High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in New Delhi
3. MoU on the Establishment of Nalanda University. The MoU would enable Sri Lanka to participate in the Nalanda University Project. Dr. S. Jaishankar Foreign Secretary Ms. Chitranganee Wagiswara Secretary, Foreign Affairs
4. Work-Plan 2014-2015 under the MoU on Cooperation in the field of Agriculture between India and Sri Lanka. The Work Plan would facilitate bilateral cooperation in Agro Processing, Agricultural extension, horticulture, agricultural machinery, training in farm mechanization, livestock diseases, etc. between relevant institutes and organizations from both countries. Shri Ashish Bahuguna, Secretary, Department of Agriculture & Cooperation H.E. Sudharshan Seneviratne, High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in New Delhi

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