At the invitation of President Mohamed Nasheed, the President of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapaksa has arrived in the Maldives this morning. He was greeted on arrival at Male’ International Airport by Vice President Dr Mohamed Waheed.

Later, on his arrival at Malé Official Jetty, President Rajapaksa was greeted by President Mohamed Nasheed.

A bugle call was sounded on President Rajapaksa arrival, after which President Nasheed accompanied the visiting President to the saluting dais, where the national anthems Maldives and Sri Lanka were played.

The visiting President was then given a 7-Gun Salute. President Rajapaksa then proceeded to inspect a guard of honour.

President Rajapaksa will meet President Nasheed later today.