President attends State Memorial Service for Mandela

Wednesday, 11 December 2013 01:02 -     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

President Mahinda Rajapaksa, now in South Africa to pay his last respects to the former South African President Nelson Mandela, yesterday attended the State Memorial Service for the late President that took place at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg. A large gathering of state leaders and dignitaries were present at the memorial service. Today (11 December) President Rajapaksa will go to Pretoria 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, while Minister of Civil Aviation Geethanjana Gunawardena, Chief Minister of the Uva Province Shashindra Rajapaksa, Ministry of External Affairs Monitoring MP Sajin De Vas Gunawardana and Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga are accompanying President Rajapaksa.