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President Mahinda Rajapaksa will leave for Thailand on an official visit today as a guest of the Royal Thai Government.

The President is scheduled to have a royal audience with Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn tomorrow at the Srapathum Palace.

The Princess will host a dinner in honor of the President.

President Rajapaksa will meet Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on the same day and exchange views on bilateral relations, as well as on regional and multilateral issues.

Thailand views that there is room for further expansion in trade and investment, particularly as Sri Lanka is focusing its resources for development.

Sri Lanka is therefore emerging as an attractive market and investment destination.

Potential areas for cooperation include infrastructure development, tourism and related businesses, food processing, agricultural industry and consumer products.

During President's visit to Thailand, External Affairs Ministry of Sri Lanka and the Foreign Affairs Ministry of Thailand will sign a Memorandum of Understanding on "Bilateral Political Consultations and Exchanging of the Instruments of Ratification for the Treaty between Thailand and Sri Lanka on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters."

The President is also scheduled to attend the opening ceremony of the Day of Vesak Celebration in Ayutthaya Province on Thursday at an invitation of the Organizing Committee of Vesak chaired by Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior.

President Rajapaksa will deliver a speech on 'Buddha's enlightenment for the well- being of humanity' on Saturday at the celebration of the Buddha Jayanthi.

During his visit to the Thai capital President Rajapaksa will attend a Business Forum and a Business luncheon with Thai and Sri Lankan business leaders.

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