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Thai Buddhist delegation calls on President

COLOMBO: The Thai Buddhist delegation is on a tour to Buddhist countries as a part of the 80th birthday celebrations of the King of Thailand.

The group led by Ven. Phara Thpsophen, the Rector of Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University now in Sri Lanka called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday at President's House in Kandy. Prior to meeting with the President, they participated at the opening of the Sri Mahindaramaya Sangaraja Memorial Buddhist Temple at Kiribathkumbura, Peradeniya. The delegation meeting with the President focused their attention to the Thai Buddhist Temple, being constructed on 70-acres of land at Piliyandala.

The President invited them to erect a replica of the Thai-Buddha-Prathima on the same land that the Temple will be constructed. The President and the delegation discussed about activities connected to tourism in Buddhist countries and underlined the need to improve tourism facilities among the countries of the Buddhist world to strengthen inter-relationship.

The Thai Buddhist delegation comprised 90 persons including 46 Nayaka Theras. First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa, Central Province Governor Tikiri Kobbekaduwa, Ministers Dinesh Gunawardene and C.B. Ratnayake were also present.

 

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