Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena left for China on Monday in a move that has surprised both political and diplomatic circles over its urgency at a time when the island nation is witnessing communal violence following the deadly Easter Sunday suicide bombings.
The conference - to be held from May 15 to 22 - will be attended by Chinese President Xi Jinping, who would deliver a keynote speech.
During his three-day visit, President Sirisena will meet his Chinese counterpart Xi on Tuesday.
Sirisena's visit comes just three weeks after the ISIS suicide attack on three churches and three luxury hotels in the island nation that left more than 250 dead and over 400 injured.
President Sirisena told Parliament this week that the 99 per cent of those involved had been arrested and there would be normalcy soon.
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