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* Photographic exhibition on Russia - Sri Lanka relations opens
Tue, Apr 6, 2010, 08:39 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 06, Colombo: A photographic exhibition on Russia- Sri Lanka relations was declared open by Russian Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Vladimir P.Mikhaylov and Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga at Galle Face Hotel yesterday (05).

The exhibition that will continue until April 07, displays photographs of historic significance to both countries.

Addressing the attendees to the event, Secretary to the President, Lalith Weeratunga said Sri Lanka sincerely hopes that Russia will succeed in defeating terrorism as Sri Lanka did against the LTTE.

Sri Lanka being a small country with limited technology defeated terrorism with the human resources and Russia a much larger and powerful state will no doubt achieve this, Weeratunga noted.

He expressed appreciation for Russia's support for Sri Lanka when it was fighting terrorism.

Russian Ambassador to Colombo, Vladimir P. Mikhaylov said Sri Lanka should teach the world grappling with terrorism how to rescue the people from the clutches of terrorists and restore human rights of the people.

Russia and many others came to defend Sri Lanka when some countries tried to teach human rights to Sri Lanka for their own vested interests, the Ambassador noted.

Mikhaylov said the photographs of the historic events express thousands of words on the special relationship between the two countries.

Among the exhibits are, the first man in space, Yuri Gagarin's visit to Sri Lanka on December 7, 1961 as well as Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike's visit to then Soviet Union in 1963.

(Pictures by Udesh Gunarathna)

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