October 16th was marked by the first visit Ambassador Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka and Madame Sanja Jayatilleka paid to Russia's academic community, meeting with the Ambassador's long-standing contacts at the Russian Centre for Policy Studies, known to the international community as PIR CENTRE.

Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy Mr. Merille Goonetilleke was a panelist of the following sessions during the REW. Speeches made by the Additional Secretary on the following topics.

Energy Transition in Asia – Pacific: New Challenges and opportunities for Regional Cooperation

LNG for Asia – Pacific: Potential for Cooperation and Sustainable Development

Today, on October 11, 2018, Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka presented his Letters of Credence in a solemn ceremony bringing together the newly-appointed Ambassadors of 23 countries in the magnificent St. Alexandre's Hall of the Kremlin. The credentials were received by H. E. Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, accompanied by H. E. Sergey Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Mr. Yury Ushakov, Foreign Policy Advisor to the Russian President.