Sri Lankan President Junius Jayewardene began a four day state visit to Singapore on Saturday (15 September).
SV Sir Lankan President Junius Jayewardene deplanes and welcomed by Singapore President Benjamin Sheares, Prime Minister Lee Kwan Yew, other government officials and diplomats. (4 SHOTS)
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Background: Sri Lankan President Junius Jayewardene began a four day state visit to Singapore on Saturday (15 September). The visit is aimed at improving economic and political links between the two islands republics.
SYNOPSIS: The Sri Lankan leader, accompanied by his wife, was welcomed at the airport by Singapore President Benjamin Sheares and Prime Minister Lee Kwan Yew.
The summit follows a series of visits to Singapore by Senior Sir Lankan government leaders.
The two leaders will discuss a wide range of issues. Observers to the talks say President Jayewardene will ask Singapore for closer cooperation in trade, tourism, and housing development.
The Sir Lankan leader who is the immediate past Chairman of the Non-Aligned Movement is also expected to raise a number of regional and international topics including the tense situation in Indochina.
Trade between the two countries has expanded during the last few years. Last may both government signed an agreement for avoidance of double taxation.
President Jayewardene will pay a courtesy call on President Sheares and will be the guest of honour at a state dinner.