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President Visit to Russia

Visit of the President of Sri Lanka H.E. Mahinda Rajapaksa in Russia
06 – 08 February, 2010

H.E. Mahinda Rajapaksa
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President Mahinda Rajapaksa undertook a three-day visit to Russia from 6th to 8th February 2010. It is a matter of significance that the first visit abroad by the President following his decisive victory at the recently concluded presidential election was to the friendly nation of Russia. Sri Lanka and Russia have always had a close and cordial relationship. The current visit by the President is the first high-level visit to Russia after 36 years, the last being by Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike in 1974.
Both countries have had their own pre-occupations during the interim period. Russia went through a change in its political philosophy and structure, while Sri Lanka had to grapple with a long-standing terrorist onslaught on the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. Today, it is a matter of profound satisfaction for us in Sri Lanka to witness the dynamic growth of Russia under the strong and experienced governance provided by President Medvedev. This visit therefore marks an auspicious moment for both countries.
 
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Dinner at Pushkin Restaurant
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Awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Peoples’ Friendship University in Kremlin.
President Rajapaksa was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Peoples’ Friendship University of the Russian Federation at the 50th anniversary celebrations of the University, in recognition of the President’s “outstanding contribution towards fostering world peace”.

The President in accepting this prestigious award observed that he is doing so with “a deep sense of humility and happiness … because the accomplishments mentioned in the citation stem not from my individual effort, but from the efforts of the people of Sri Lanka”.

Today, our business confidence levels are high. Our future needs in energy, human resources and banking are already planned for. Our poverty levels are dropping sharply. Our international recognition is presently that of a middle income emerging market nation. These conditions make Sri Lanka an obvious favorite of investors from all over the world.

From President Rajapaksa’s speech of acceptance – “Doctorate Honoris Causa”.

The President also warmly felicitated the Peoples’ Friendship University on its 50th anniversary and recalled with gratitude its magnificent and generous contribution in enabling over the years tens of thousands of students from the developing world, including Sri Lanka, to obtain within its halls, a first class University education. He observed that the People’s Friendship University therefore symbolizes Russia’s longstanding commitment to work towards strong and enduring partnerships at the bilateral and international level, designed to collectively advance development and prosperity.

Given that a key event of the visit was the conferment of the Honorary Degree, the President conducted detailed discussions with the Rector of the People’s Friendship University Dr. Vladimir Filippov, who has earlier served as the Minister of Education of the Russian Federation. Dr. Filippov was keen that the tradition of mutually beneficial academic collaboration between the University and Sri Lanka should continue to be maintained at a strong level. Accordingly, it was agreed that a system of concessionary tuition fees be evolved with tailor-made courses appropriate to Sri Lanka’s human resource needs.

 
Doctorate Honoris Causa
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Meeting with Prof.Filippov
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H.E. on the Red Square
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1st Lady
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Armory
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Cultural Show Sri Lanka.
During the visit, the President also participated in a Sri Lanka Cultural Show organized by the Sri Lanka Embassy in Moscow in association with the Peoples’ Friendship University, which was attended by Russian political and business leaders as well as the Sri Lankan community. The President also declared open Rajatha Dekma photographic exhibition and conducted discussions with the expatriate Sri Lankan community in Russia.
 
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Rajatha Dekma
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President in PFU
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Sri Lanka Show
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PFUR
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Dinner at the Emb
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President at the Emb
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Meeting with the Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.
During the visit, President Rajapaksa met with his Russian counterpart, President Dmitry Medvedev with whom he had useful discussions on matters of mutual concern, including global and regional developments. During the bilateral discussions, there was general agreement between the two leaders that peace and development in the 21st century world can best be attained through a mixture of multilateral and regional cooperation, based on the principles of friendship and respect for sovereignty and non-interference in internal affairs. President Rajapaksa made special reference to the strong support extended to Sri Lanka by Russia and some other friendly nations during the Government’s operation to defeat terrorism last year. He observed that Russia’s considerable global influence was very helpful in ensuring that the attempts by the terrorist forces to leverage world sentiment in their favor and escape did not materialize. During the meeting with his Russian counterpart President Rajapaksa also recalled with appreciation the longstanding development cooperation and other assistance received from the Russian Federation. On the economic front, the President shared with President Medvedev a series of proposals for stepping up bilateral economic ties and increasing the volumes of investment flow between the two nations. The two leaders discussed, among other issues, cooperation in the field of energy (including petroleum exploration and petroleum resources development, and technology transfer in the area of renewable energy), and in the areas of aviation and tourism. President Rajapaksa reiterated Sri Lanka’s commitment to seeing in the near future a speedy, sustainable and sharp rise in two-way trade between the two countries.
 
Kremlin
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Meeting with Garzprom.
 
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Gazprom meeting
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Reception at “The Ritz-Carlton”.
At the special reception held in Ritzx Carlton Hotel on 8th February with the participation of H.E. the President of Sri Lanka and Deputy Foreign Minister of Russian Federation Alexey Borodavkin, several guests received special Presidential Appriciation Awards. Following Organizations nominated for the appriciation awards: On behalf of Foreign Ministry of Russian Federation-Deputy Foreign Minister Alexy Borodavkin. For Tourism sector- Intaer Travel Company, Maldiviana Travel Company , Conneisance Travel Company, Vand International , Panteon Company and Russky Express Travel Company. For Tea Sector- Riston Tea Company, Regency Tea Company, May Tea Company, Orimi Trading Company, HVA Company, Imperial Tea Company and Randy Tea Company(for distribution of gifts and tea in Mission’s premises.) . For education sector -Tver Medical Academy , Gomel Medical Academy, Kursk Medical Academy. Also following leading Sri Lankan businessmans who contributed for Moscow Friendship Library project in Defence Service school through Api Wenuwen Api Moscow project, nominated for the appriciation award- Mr. Saman Jayamaha, Ambassador Udayanga Weeratunga, Mr. Hiran Karunaratne, Mr. Gamini Abeywickrama, Mr. Janaka Hamangoda, Mr. Sisira Samarasena, Mr. Nishantha Perera , Dr. Wickramage , Mr. Ajith Malwatta and Dr. Adhikari.
 
Meeting Guests
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Rajatha Dekma
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Dinner W1
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H.E. Udayanga Weeratunga, Ambassador
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Hon. Rohita Bologama, MFA
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Hon.Alexey Borodavkin, Deputy MFA
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Award of Excellence for 2 Asia Depertment
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Connaissance Award
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Maldiviana Award
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Intaer Award
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Vand International Award
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Russian Express Award
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Jaff Tea Award
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Heylis Award
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Riston Award
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Orimi Trade Award
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Award
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Basilur Award
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University Award 1
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University Award
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Award from Ambassador
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Dinner
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Dinner 7
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Dinner 1
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