Written by Staff Writer
26 Jul, 2015 | 7:07 pm
President Maithripala Sirisena has arrived in the Maldivian capital of Male on a State visit.
He was invited to be the Chief Guest for the 50th Independence Anniversary celebrations of the Republic of the Maldives today.
The Sri Lankan delegation led by President Maithripala Sirisena was extended a warm welcome by Maldivian President Abdullah Yameen, when they arrived at the President’s Office in Malé.
An official meeting between the two Presidents was also held this evening.
While President Sirisena had voiced his appreciation for the support rendered by the Maldives to Sri Lanka in international fora, President Yameen had pledged the Maldives continued support to Sri Lanka on the international stage.
Sri Lanka was one of the first countries to establish formal diplomatic relations with the Maldives in 1965 after the country, previously ruled by a Sultan serving the British, gained independence.
The sovereign island nation is located 700 kilometres off the west coast of Sri Lanka and is one of the world’s most geographically dispersed countries, comprising 1,192 islands.
Considered as the lowest country above sea level with a population of 3 million, the country’s national anthem was composed and written by renowned Sri Lankan musician Pandit W.D. Amaradewa. The country’s national language, Dhivehi, bears many similarities to Sinhalese.
Meanwhile, prior to his departure for the Maldives, President Maithripala Sirisena attended the 37th annual summit of the Institution of Incorporated Engineers, Sri Lanka on July 26 morning.
Speaking at the event, the president said that the main obstruction is that there is no close relationship between the country’s politicians and professionals, in terms of not being able to express ideas openly and speaking one’s conscience.
President Sirisena also spoke on the wages and allowances of professionals, noting that he completely accepts the fact that there should be fairness in terms of wages and benefits. He added that he as the government will take the required measures to resolve these issues.
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