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Tuesday, 21 August 2012 - 8:32
Seychelles president arrives in the Island; Yasushi Akashi too arrives today.
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The President of Seychelles Republic James Alex Mitchell arrived in Sri Lanka on a 3 day official visit yesterday.

Seychelles, is an island country spanning an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, some 1,500 kilometres east of mainland Africa, northeast of the island of Madagascar and received independence from the United Kingdom in 1976.

Seychelles a 451 square km land area has the population of 84,000 with the per capita income of 11, 170 dollars.

During his three day visit the Seychelles President will have bilateral talks with the President, Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa and several other key leaders of the government.

He is expected to deliver a lecture on "The role of the small island Nations in the Global Tapestry" at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute for International Relations.

Meanwhile the representative of the Government of Japan for Peace-Building, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction in Sri Lanka Yasushi Akashi will arrive in the island tomorrow.

His visit concerns the recent developments in the country with regards to the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission Report and the release of the National Action Plan on Human Rights.

During his stay, Akashi will meet government officials and representatives of the ruling and opposition parties as well as members of civil societies, and emphasize the importance of national reconciliation toward the establishment of lasting peace.

He is also scheduled to visit the Northern Province of Sri Lanka to study the latest developments in the conflict-stricken zone.

For Yasushi Akashi, this will be the 22nd visit to Sri Lanka since he assumed the post in 2002

Meanwhile, Maldives new President Mohamed Waheed is to visit Sri Lanka on a two-day tour from Thursday.

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