President Sirisena participates in the International Solar Alliance Summit that was held at New Delhi

President Sirisena participates in the International Solar Alliance Summit that was held at New Delhi

President Sirisena participates in the International Solar Alliance Summit that was held at New Delhi

Written by Nathasha De Alwis

11 Mar, 2018 | 8:27 pm

COLOMBO (News 1st) – International Solar Alliance (ISA) Summit was held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi, India today (March 11).

 Around 121 delegates representing 45 countries are attending the summit.

French President Emanuel Macron arrived in India yesterday (March 10) and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomed him at the airport.

President Maithripala Sirisena to undertakes a visit to India at the joint invitation of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emanuel Macron.

President Sirisena was welcomed by Secretary – West in the Indian Ministry of External Affairs.

At the summit expressing his views, President Maithripala Sirisena stated that in Sri Lanka a program has already been commenced called “Soorya Bala Sangramaya” which means a battle of solar power.

Further, he stated that the expectation of this project is to generate 1000 Mw of electricity by 2025 and that they are in the process of developing 1 Mw – 10Mw capacity solar power system to assist small and medium level industries.

“This will benefit several homes, schools,  hospitals, infrastructure and government facilities in my country. Let me assure Sri Lanka’s strong commitment to supporting this plans and I’m confident that this meeting will showcase the powers of the countries in this alliance to bring about solutions to create greener, cleaner and healthy environment for people this world.” – President Maithripala Sirisena

After attending the ISA, President Sirisena met with the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

During this meeting, Prime Minister Modi had recalled that during the past few years the relations between the two countries was further strengthened and had pointed out that in future it is important to strengthen these bilateral relations between the two countries economically as well.

Later, the President also met with Erik Solheim, the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme.

During this meeting, issues relating to the environmental conservation, weather and climate change and marine pollution were discussed and the President appraised regarding the specially designed programme to protect the environment of Sri Lanka.

Meanwhile President Maithripala Sirisena also attended a special dinner hosted at the  President Residence of Indian president Ram Nath Kovind yesterday (March 10) night.


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