During a recent meeting with the Sri Lankan Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne, Visiting Head of the Federal Agency for the Commonwealth of Independence States-Russia, Konstantin Kosachev has emphasized that the vote of Sri Lanka is very important to them as Russia expects to win the bid to host the Expo.
Five countries have lodged bids for the Expo 2020. Russia, along with Thailand, Turkey, Brazil and UAE is competing for the votes of 162 countries. Kosachev has remarked that the exhibition will be immensely beneficial for Sri Lanka as Russia expects to bring around 20 million people for this exhibition from other countries.
Russia is bidding to host the exhibition in Yekaterinburg which links Asian and European countries and it would help Sri Lanka to meet its goal of attracting 2.5 million tourists, the Russian official has told the Sri Lankan Prime Minister. The Head of the Federal Agency has promised to arrange a special programme in this regard on behalf of Sri Lanka.
Sri Lankan PM recalling Russia's assistance financially and institutionally to uplift the economic and political stability in the country, has assured the visiting official of Sri Lanka's support.