Special security & traffic plan over Iranian President’s visit 



In anticipation of the visit by Iranian President Dr. Ebrahim Raisi to Sri Lanka on Wednesday (24), Sri Lanka Police have announced a comprehensive security program and traffic plan.

Police Spokesman DIG Attorney Nihal Thalduwa disclosed that the security arrangements will encompass areas designated for the Iranian President’s travel. 

Additionally, support from the Police Special Task Force and the Tri-Forces will be enlisted to ensure the safety of the visit.

As part of the traffic plan, several road closures are scheduled. The Colombo-Katunayake Expressway will be closed from 2-3pm and 9:30-10:30pm on Wednesday. Moreover, multiple roads in Mattala, Thanamalvila, Wellawaya, and Uma Oya will be closed from 9:45-11am.

The Police Spokesman said the road leading from the Colombo-Katunayake Expressway to the Orugudawatta Junction in Peliyagoda, Dematagoda to the D. S. Senanayake Junction in Borella, Horton Place, Horton Place Roundabout, Green Path, Library Roundabout, Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha, Liberty Roundabout, R. A. De Mel Mawatha, St. Michael’s Road, the road leading from Galle Road to Colombo Fort and the road to Hilton Hotel will be closed during specified times.

President Raisi’s visit itinerary includes the inauguration of a hydropower plant within the Uma Oya Multipurpose Project upon his arrival at Mattala International Airport at 9:30am. 

Subsequently, he will proceed to Colombo for an official reception, where five bilateral agreements will be signed. 

A special statement by the two Heads of State is also expected during this event.

Dr. Ebrahim Raisi, who assumed the presidency of Iran in 2021, previously served as the Chief Justice of Iran and Attorney General from 2019 to 2021 and 2014 to 2016, respectively. 

His visit to Sri Lanka follows a three-day visit to Pakistan.


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