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Tuesday, 07 March 2017 - 8:00
President to address IORA summit today
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President Maithripala Sirisena has requested that all Sri Lankans residing overseas not to be duped by false propaganda that is circulating through social and other forms of media.

The president said such propaganda is being spread by political opponents.

The president made these comments yesterday at a meeting with Sri Lankans residing in Indonesia during a three-day state visit to the country.

The President expressed the above view on this occasion.

Meanwhile the first ever Indian Ocean Rim Association Summit will commence today in Jakarta with the aim of focusing on sustainable and balanced development of the member states in the Indian Ocean region.

The theme of this year’s summit is "Strengthening Maritime Cooperation for a Peaceful, Stable, and Prosperous Indian Ocean".

Leaders from 21 member States and its 7 Dialogue Partners as well as other special invitees and guests will be participating in the summit.

The President is scheduled to attend the inauguration ceremony of the Summit today and address the Summit at 11.00 a.m. Sri Lankan time.

At the conclusion of the summit the President’s will sign two agreements with Indonesia on fisheries and Small and Medium Enterprise sectors.

The official meeting between President Maithripala Sirisena and the Indonesian President Joko Widodo will take place tomorrow.

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