Nov 06, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Ranil Wickremesinghe left the island this morning on a four-day official visit to Egypt to attend the 27th United Nations Climate Change conference.
President Wickremesinghe was accompanied by Presidential Advisor on Climate Change Ruwan Wijewardene, Director of International Affairs for the President Dinouk Colombage and President’s Private Secretary Sandra Perera.
The primary purpose of President Wickremesinghe’s official visit to Egypt is to address the 27th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP27), which will be held from today, 6 November until 18 November in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.
President Wickramasinghe is expected to speak later this week on the Climate Change Secretariat to be established in Sri Lanka and the impact of climate change on Sri Lanka as well as the world.
Around 90 heads of state including U.S. President Joe Biden, French president Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and representatives from more than 190 countries are expected to attend the COP27 conference.
During his four-day visit, President Wickremesinghe will meet Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Sissi and Prime Minister Modtafa Madbouly for discussions.
The President is scheduled to return to the island on November 10 after completing his visit to Egypt.
Source – Colombo page