President addresses the 18th SAARC summit today


The 18th SAARC summit will begin today in Katmandu Nepal and President Mahinda Rajapakse is scheduled to address the summit today.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa arrived in Nepal yesterday and Nepali Deputy Prime Minister Prakash Man and Home Minister Bam Dev Gautam welcomed the President at the Tribhuvan International Airport.

Soon after arrival, President Rajapaksa visited Lumbini, the birthplace of the Buddha.

Meanwhile, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Ahead of his Nepal visit to attend the SAARC Summit said development of close relations with neighbors was a key priority for his government as he looks forward to hold talks with President Mahinda Rajapakse on the margins of the Summit.