Sri Lankan PM receives warm welcome from Male'

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih with the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, His Excellency Ranil Wickremesinghe. (Photo/President's Office)

The Government of the Maldives welcomed Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, His Excellency Ranil Wickremesinghe and his spouse, Professor Maitree Wickremasinghe, at the Republic Square today with a ceremony.

The Prime Minister and his spouse were received by His Excellency President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and First Lady Fazna Ahmed at the Presidential Jetty in Male'. 

A welcome performance by Maldivian school students was held at the location before the Prime Minister and his spouse were escorted to the Saluting Dais and a 7-gun salute fired in his honor by the Maldivian National Defense Force (MNDF). The National anthems of both Maldives and Sri Lanka were also played by the Maldivian military brass band.

After the conclusion of the welcoming courtesies, the Prime Minister was escorted to the President’s Office with a cultural procession, and upon arrival to the President's Office, the Prime Minister signed the official Visitor's Book.

The Prime Minister is scheduled to meet with President Solih for official talks and hold an agreement exchange ceremony and before delivering a joint press statement. President Solih will also host a banquet in the Prime Minister’s honor later this afternoon.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will also chair the 4th Indian Ocean Conference scheduled to be held from 3-4 September.