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* Sri Lankan President attends memorial service for Mandela
Tue, Dec 10, 2013, 08:08 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 10, Johannesburg: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa now in South Africa to pay his last respects to the former South African President Nelson Mandela attended the State Memorial Service for the late President that took place at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg today (10).

A large gathering of state leaders and dignitaries were present at the memorial service.

President Rajapaksa will go to Pretoria Wednesday (11) to pay homage to President Mandela's remains that are lying in state at the Union Buildings.

Minister of External Affairs Prof. G L Peiris, also attended the memorial service.

Deputy Minister of Civil Aviation Geethanjana Gunawardena, Chief Minister of the Uva Province Shashindra Rajapaksa, Monitoring MP of the Ministry of External Affairs, Sajin De Vas Gunawardena and Secretary to the President, Lalith Weeratunga accompany the President.

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