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* Expatriates from California congratulate President on his victory
Thu, Feb 4, 2010, 10:48 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 04, Colombo: Sri Lankans from Southern California were among the first well wishers who met President Mahinda Rajapaksa and congratulated him personally on his historic victory at the presidential election held on January 26.

Consul General Mr. Ananda Wickremasinghe, Mr. Upul Dharmadasa, and Mr. Narada Gangadhara met President Rajapaksa at the Temple Trees on January 29 and conveyed the well wishes of the expatriate community. Mr. Wickremasinghe also briefed the President on activities on behalf of the motherland in Southern California, which is home to an estimated 20,000 Sri Lankans.

President Rajapaksa said he was very appreciative of the patriotism displayed by expatriates in the US and said he looks forward to seeing their continued participation in fostering economic development and peace in Sri Lanka.

Photo above shows President Rajapaksa with Consul General Wickremasinghe, Upul Dharmadasa, and Narada Gangadhara. On President's right are two of his campaign organizers for Matale District, Nishantha C.B Kottegoda and Dissanayake Rajapakse.

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