Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe who left for New Zealand on a three day visit is expected to return on Monday (3).

This is the first time that a Sri Lankan Prime Minister had embarked on an official tour to New Zealand.

Wickremesinghe’s visit comes following an official invitation by his New Zealand counterpart John Key.  “I am very pleased to welcome Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to New Zealand,”  Key had said.  “When I visited Sri Lanka in February, I was struck by the range of exciting opportunities for New Zealand, and an increasing number of New Zealand businesses are recognizing this potential,” he added.

“Under Prime Minister Wickremesinghe’s leadership, Sri Lanka has entered a new phase in its post-civil war development. New Zealand is keen to support the important steps the country is making towards reconciliation and rebuilding through increased political and economic contact.”

Wickremesinghe is expected to hold discussions pertaining to trade, regional economy, and also on bilateral agreements on defence.