President Ranil Wickremesinghe embarked on an official visit to Cuba and the United States this morning (13).

President Wickremesinghe’s official visit to Cuba includes his participation in the “G77 Group and China” Heads of State Summit. Subsequently, he will join a delegation to the United States to attend the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

During his absence, the responsibilities of the ministries under his purview have been temporarily entrusted to the respective state ministers.

As part of this arrangement, State Minister Pramitha Bandara Tennakoon will serve as the Acting Minister of Defence, State Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya as the Acting Minister of Finance, State Minister Kanaka Herath as the Acting Minister of Technology and Investment Promotion, and State Minister Anupa Pasqual as the Acting Minister for Women, Children Affairs, and Social Empowerment.