President to speak at Indian Ocean Conference in Dubai
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has been invited to address the inaugural Session of the Indian Ocean Conference, Foreign Minister, Prof. G.L. Peris said.
It will be held in the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Abu Dhabi, he said adding that representatives of over 47 countries will be present at the conference.
While on 4 December, Rajapaksa will address the inaugural session, he is due to hold discussions with the prince of the UAE, Al Nahyan on 5 December, Prof. Peiris said adding that President Rajapaksa is also the chairman of the organising committee of the conference.
“The theme of the conference focuses on environment, economic and pandemic and is of great importance to Sri Lanka,” he added.
Two weeks ago, the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) was held at Bangladesh and on 17 November where Sri Lanka’s representative, Prof. Peiris was appointed as IORA’s deputy chairman. He said that discussions held with the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina focused on strengthening operations between the Chittagong Harbour and Colombo Harbour.
Prof. Peiris added that the two conferences are vital as they focus on the practical importance of the use of maritime resources of Sri Lanka to contribute towards strengthening the economy.