Sri Lanka president leaves for SAARC summit

15:35, April 26, 2010      

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Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa departed in Colombo on Monday to head to the Bhutanese capital of Thimphu, officials said.

Rajapaksa is to attend the 16th summit meeting of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) that will be held in Thimphu on April 28 and 29.

Rajapaksa is the current chair of SAARC, which hosted the 15th summit in the capital Colombo in August 2008.

This was Rajapaksa's first overseas visit since he won a second term in the presidential election held in January.

His ruling party was returned to power for a second term in the parliamentary election held on April 8.

Rajapaksa won over 60 percent of the vote in both elections.

The SAARC is an economic and political organization of eight countries in Southern Asia. It was established on Dec. 8, 1985 by Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka. In April 2007, at the Association's 14th summit in New Delhi, Afghanistan became its eighth member.

Source: Xinhua


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