Prime Minister of Sri Lanka welcomes Russian cosmonaut
On April 21st, 2011 Hon. D.M.Jayarathne, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, received in his residence Russian Cosmonaut V.A.Lyakhov, double Hero of the Soviet Union, President of the Russia-Sri-Lanka Friendship Association and H.E. Mr.Vladimir P.Mikhaylov, Ambassador of the Russian Federation in Sri Lanka.
Hon. D.M. Jayarathne noted the tremendous significance of Yuri A.Gagarin first pilot flight into outer space and its 50th Anniversary celebrated these days around the globe. He also remembered with warmth Yuri Gagarin and his spouse visit to Ceylon in 1961 and expressed his admiration with the achievements of the Russian cosmonautics.
Mr. V.A.Lyakhov and Hon. Prime Minister of Sri Lanka exchanged souvenirs and reiterated their efforts to do everything to further strengthen traditionally friendly relations between Russia and Sri Lanka.