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President will adress UN on Tuesday

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SEPT 23- President Mahinda Rajapaksa, will address the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), taking place at the UN headquarters in New York City.

mahinda_rajapaksa_1President Rajapaksa will participate in the general debate of the UNGA and is scheduled to speak on Tuesday, Sept. 24. This is the sixth time the President is attending the UNGA.

In addition to taking part in the UNGA, President Rajapaksa is also scheduled to participate in a number of bilateral discussions that include ones with the UN Secretary-General, Commonwealth Secretary-General Mr. Kamalesh Sharma and several heads-of-state from Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

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During the week in New York City, the President will also take part in a high-level political forum on sustainable development and host a dinner for African leaders.

The Minister of External Affairs Prof. G.L. Peiris, Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Management Nimal Siripala de Silva, Minister of Youth Affairs and Skills Development Dullas Alahapperuma, Monitoring MP of the Ministry of External Affairs Sajin De Vaas Gunawardene, Member of Parliament Lohan Ratwatte and Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga are accompanying President Rajapaksa on the visit.