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Sunday, 17 June 2012





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President Mahinda Rajapaksa attended the state ceremony which was held to mark the seven hundredth year anniversary of the Asgiriya Maha Vihara in Kandy. Here, Asgiriya Mahanayake Thera Most Ven. Udugama Sri Buddhrakkhitha Nayaka Thera presenting a replica of a dagoba to the President. Malwatte Anunayaka Thera Most. Ven. Niyangoda Wijithasiri Thera, Central Province Governer Tikiri Kobbekaduwa, Central Province Chief Minister Sarath Ekanayaka, Defence Ministry Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Religious Affiars Ministry Secretary Cassian Herath and Diyawadana Nilame Nilanga Dela Bandara were also present. Pic: Nalin Hewapathirana

President's historic visit to Cuba

President Mahinda Rajapaksa arrived in Havana, Cuba on Friday on a historic official visit that will strengthen the diplomatic, economic and cultural ties between the two island nations. Cuba and Sri Lanka established diplomatic relations in July 1959 and ties developed namely in education, health, culture and sports.

Cuban Vice Foreign Minister Ana Teresita Gonzalez welcomed President Rajapaksa at the Jose Marti International Airport.

President Rajapaksa was due to pay a floral tribute at the monument of National Hero Jose Marti and hold talks with President Raul Castro.

He will also meet the relatives of the Five Cuban Heroes held by the US and tour the Laboratorios Biologicos Farmaceuticos (Biological Pharmaceutical Laboratory) and the Old Havana historic centre.

Both countries have supported each other at world fora. All Sri Lankan Governments have voted against the US economic sanctions imposed on Cuba. The President's latest visit will consolidate these strong ties.

Olympic Council of Asia President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Sabah called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees on Thursday. Al-Sabah, a council member of International Olympic Committee since 1992 and is also the President of Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC), is a former Minister of Information and Oil in Kuwait and also the Kuwait Olympic Committee President, Afro Asian Games Council Chairman. Here President Rajapaksa with Sheikh Ahmad Al-Sabah. Pic: Chandana Perera


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