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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2431

Dr. Saman Weerasinghe recieves the 'Order of Honor of the Russian Federation'

Colombo, 17 June, (Asiantribune.com):

Dr. Saman Weerasinghe, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Mos-Lanka Holdings’ Group of Companies and an Advisor to Mahinda Rajapakse, President of Sri Lanka was awarded the ’Order of Honor of the Russian Federation’ on the 12th of June 2013 in Colombo at the ceremony held ont he occassion of the National Day of the Russian Federation.

Russian Ambassador in Sri Lanka Alexander Karchava accompanied with Dr. & Mrs. Saman Weerasinghe and an entourage of persons including Venerable Paliegama Hemaratana Thero, Cosmonaut Vladimir Lyakhov, twice hero of the Soviet Union and President, Russia- Sri Lanka Friendship Association and his wife, Mr. Andrel M. Nazarioin, Counsellor of the Russian Embassy in Colombo and Director, Russian Centre and Mr. Buddapriya Ramanayake, Chief Executive Officer, Russian Centre in Colombo called on the President on Thursday the 13th June to display the medal depicting the said Order of Honor so presented to Dr.Saman Weerasinghe and appraise the Sri Lankan President about the nature of the award.

Accordingly, the Russian Ambassador explained that the ‘Order of Honor of the Russian Federation’ is the highest honor awarded by the said Federation at the direction of its President to any foreign citizen who become subject to their admiration. Thus it is very fitting that Dr.Saman Weerasinghe, a distinguished citizen of Sri Lanka is awarded this honor in recognition of the enormous services rendered by him in promoting, strengthening and developing friendly relations and mutual co-operation between our two countries during the past 30 years or so.

Mr. Vladimir Lyakhov said that as President of Russia- Sri Lanka Friendship Society he is personally aware of the great contribution made by Dr.Saman Weerasinghe who is also Honorary Deputy President of Russia- Sri Lanka Friendship Association and General Secretary of the Sri Lanka-Russia Friendship Society in upbrining and fostering friendship and mutual co-operation between Sri Lanka and Russia in recent times. He further said that he has had the fortune of visiting Sri Lanka many a times in the past and the present and seen the vast changes and development that has taken place since the defeat of terrorism in recent times.

In reply President Mahinda Rajapakse said that Russia has always been a true friend of Sri Lanka and enormously helped our country during its struggle against terrorism and eventually stood firm in sheltering Sri Lanka at various international for a for which he is sincerely thankful to the Russian Federation.

President also recollected the happy memories of his visits to Russia on two occassions in recent times.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa added that he is aware of the serivces rendered by Dr.Saman Weerasinghe in fostering friendly relations and mutual co-operation between the two countries.

It is purely in recognition of same that he was appointed as one of his Advisiors and be a link between Sri Lanka and Russia.

President is therefore happy to hear that Dr.Saman Weeraisnghe has been so honored by the Russian Federation and he wish to thank the President of the Russian Federation on account of same too.

Mr.Palitha Kumarasinghe, Lawyer and some others were also present on the occasion.

- Asian Tribune -

President Mahinda Rajapaksa recieving the Russian Ambassador in Sri Lanka Alexander Karchava -    Pix Sudath Silva
Dr. Saman Weerasinghe recieves the 'Order of Honor of the Russian Federation'
Dr. Saman Weerasinghe recieves the 'Order of Honor of the Russian Federation'
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