Ahmadinejad starts two-day visit to Sri Lanka on Monday

Iran Materials 27 April 2008 17:35

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrives in Sri Lanka on Monday for two-day visit, Sri Lankan news reports said Sunday.

Ahmadinejad is due to arrive Monday afternoon and will immediately pay a courtesy call on his Sri Lankan counterpart, Mahinda Rajapksa, who will host a banquet for him in the presidential residence, the dpa reported.

On Tuesday, Ahmadinejad visits an oil refinery which is due to be expanded in the outskirts of Colombo.

Later, he is scheduled to inaugurate a multi-purpose irrigation and hydro-power project in Wellawaya, 280 kilometres south-east of the capital, before leaving the country later in the evening.

The project, known as the Uma-Oya scheme, has been partially funded by Iran to the tune of 450 million dollars out of a total of 1.8 billion dollars.

Last year, Rajapaksa visited Tehran.