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Sri Lankan president to visit India, Britain

FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2015 file photo, Sri Lanka's then-incoming President Maithripala Sirisena waves to supporters as he leaves the election secretariat in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka's new president was due to arrive in New Delhi on Sunday, Feb. 15 for his first trip abroad, underlining India's importance as a regional ally after years of increasingly uneasy relations. Indian officials will welcome Sirisena with a ceremony Monday, a banquet and two days of top-tier meetings befitting the countries' "unique" historical and cultural ties, Indian foreign ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin said. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena, File)

Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena is expected to visit to India and Britain next week, foreign ministry officials said here on Thursday.

The officials said that Sirisena is expected to leave for Britain on May 11 to attend the Anti-Corruption Summit organised by the British government, Xinhua news agency reported.

The Anti Corruption Summit will bring together world, business and civil society leaders to agree on a package of practical steps to expose corruption, punish the perpetrators and support those affected by corruption, as also drive out the culture of corruption wherever it exists.

Sirisena is then expected to leave for India on May 13 to attend a Hindu festival taking place in Madhya Pradesh state which will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The two leaders are expected to hold discussions on the sidelines of the festival and discuss issues of mutual interest, including a trade pact with India which the two countries hope to sign soon.