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Thai PM arrives in Sri Lanka for official visit

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The Prime Minister of Thailand, Srettha Thavisin arrived in Sri Lanka on Saturday afternoon (Feb.03) on an official visit.

Welcomed at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) in Katunayake by his Sri Lankan counterpart, Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, PM Thavisin is accompanied by a high-level Thai delegation.

The official visit, scheduled from February 3 to February 4, 2024, is at the invitation of President Ranil Wickremesinghe.

Prime Minister Thavisin is set to be the Guest of Honour at the national ceremony marking the 76th Anniversary of the Independence of Sri Lanka.

During his visit, the Thai Prime Minister is expected to participate in the signing of the historic Sri Lanka-Thailand Free Trade Agreement (SLTFTA). This significant agreement aims to strengthen economic ties between the two nations and enhance trade cooperation.

As part of the official discussions, a Sri Lanka-Thailand Business Forum will also be held at the Kingsbury Hotel. The forum, organized by the Department of International Trade Promotion and Department of Trade Negotiations of the Ministry of Commerce of Thailand, along with the Department of Commerce and the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka, is designed to foster collaboration between business communities from both countries.

Accompanying Prime Minister Thavisin is a 39-member delegation, including Phumtham Wechayachai (Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Commerce), Jakkapong Sangmanee (Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand), and other high-level officials and business representatives.

This visit underscores the commitment of both countries to strengthening diplomatic and economic relations, opening avenues for mutual growth and cooperation in various sectors.

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SL wins 1st T20I by 3 runs

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Sri Lanka won the 1st T20I match against Bangladesh by 03 runs, after a thrilling game.

Winning the toss, Bangladesh invited the visitors to bat first, where the visiting Sri Lankans scored 206/3 before limiting the Bangladesh team to 203/8.

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Fuel prices revised

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The Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (Ceypetco) has announced that fuel prices will be revised with effect from midnight today (March 04).

Accordingly, prices of Petrol Octane 92 and Auto Diesel have remain unchanged.

Meanwhile, the prices of Petrol Octane 95, Super Diesel and Kerosene have been reduced.

A litre of Petrol Octane 95 has been reduced by Rs. 09 to Rs.447, while a litre of Super Diesel has been reduced Rs. 10 to Rs.458. The price of a Kerosene litre too, has been reduced by Rs. 05 to Rs. 257.

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8 Lankans trafficked to Myanmar, rescued

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The Sri Lankan Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that 08 Sri Lankans out of the 56 trapped in cybercrime centres in Myawaddy area in Myanmar have been rescued by the Myanmar government authorities and are currently in the Myawaddy Central Police Station. 

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Myanmar is currently working on the early repatriation of the rescued Sri Lankans. As per information made available by the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Myanmar, the 56 Sri Lankans who have been trafficked are being held in four separate locations in the Myawaddy area and the rescued eight Sri Lankans were in one of these locations in an area that could be accessed by the Myanmar government, a statement by the MFA adds.

The statement further adds : 

The rescue operation undertaken by the Myanmar government follows intensified diplomatic engagements including a communication from President Ranil Wickremesinghe addressed to the Prime Minister of Myanmar Senior General Min Aung Hlaing requesting for early intervention and support to rescue and safely repatriate the trapped nationals, which was conveyed via diplomatic channels to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Myanmar on 22 February 2024. 

In January 2024, Foreign Minister M. U. M. Ali Sabry took this issue up with the Deputy Prime Minister and Union Minister of Foreign Affairs of Myanmar Than Swe, requesting urgent intervention to rescue Sri Lankan nationals highlighting the seriousness of the situation of the Sri Lankan victims who have been enslaved in cybercriminal activities and urging that early action be taken to rescue all the affected individuals.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in coordination with the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Myanmar continues to make every effort to rescue and repatriate all Sri Lankan nationals, who have become victims of human trafficking and are trapped in Myanmar, in close collaboration with the Myanmar government authorities. 

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