President Maithripala Sirisena received a warm welcome at the Domodedovo International Airport in Moscow today. He was received by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Igor Morgulov, Chief of Protocol and other high officials of the Russian Federation. Sri Lankan ambassador to Russia Dr. SamanWeerasinghe and embassy staff and family members were also present at the airport, where the brief ceremony was held. The ceremonial welcome will be held at the Kremlin in Red Square tomorrow where President Vladimir Putin will well come him and a guard of honour will also be held.

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The ceremony to award National Honors for 90 distinguished personalities, who rendered a noble service to the country will be held this evening (20th March) at Nelum Pokuna theatre, Colombo under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. This year the ceremony is held after 12 years.

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President Maithripala Sirisena returned to the Island yesterday (08) after completing a successful State visit to Indonesia. Prior to the state visit, the President attended the Indian Ocean Rim Association Leaders’ Summit at the invitation of Indonesian President Joko Widoda. The visit helped strengthening the foreign relations and bringing many developmental benefits to the country.

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