Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena’s state visit to the Philippines yielded agreements on defense, agriculture, and education cooperation for the two countries. Sirisena and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte witnessed the signing of 5 memoranda of understanding on Wednesday, January 16, in Malacañang Palace.

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Several agreements were signed between the Philippines and Sri Lanka Wednesday as President Rodrigo Duterte welcomed the leader of the Asian country on a state visit. Duterte received Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena in Malacañang, marking the first state visit of a Sri Lankan head of state to the Philippines since diplomatic relations were established […]

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MANILA, PHILIPPINES (17 January 2019) — Sri Lanka’s President Mr. Maithripala Sirisena made his first visit to the Asian Development Bank (ADB) headquarters today while conducting a state visit to the Philippines and met with ADB President Mr. Takehiko Nakao.

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte said the Philippines and Sri Lanka were “planting seeds for rapid growth in their relations,” after the two countries signed five agreements in Malacañang. Duterte rolled out the red carpet for Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena, who began a state visit to the Philippines on Wednesday.

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Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena arrived in the Philippines on Tuesday evening for a five-day state visit aimed at improving economic and political ties with Manila. According to Julee Cabrera’s report on Super Radyo dzBB, Sirisena’s plane landed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 at 10:15 p.m.

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