President to address the UN General Assembly

unPresident Mahinda Rajapaksa will leave for the United States on September 22 on an official visit, Presidential Secretariat sources said.

He will arrive in New York to attend the 69th UN General Assembly which starts on September 24. The President will address the UN General Assembly on Thursday, September 25.

The President, as the current Commonwealth Chairperson-in-Office, will also chair two open-ended meetings of Commonwealth Heads of Government on the sidelines of the UN meeting.

The Commonwealth will hold an open-ended meeting of the Heads of Government to discuss CHOGM reform and the post-2015 development agenda on September 25 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

The President in a recent interview with The Hindu newspaper said that he is hopeful of meeting with the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the open-ended CHOGM meetings.

However, there is doubt whether a meeting will take place at the CHOGM meeting since Indian PM is expected to arrive in New York on the 26th. (Colombo Page)


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