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Tuesday, 10 December 2013 - 18:40
Update : Video : President Rajapakse pays last respects to Nelson Mandela

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has paid his last respects to South Africa’s first black president Nelson Mandela today where the latter’s body was laying, at the Union Building in Pretoria.

Nelson Mandela was also sworn-in as the first black president of South Africa in the same building in 1994.

The Presidents Media Unit stated that President Rajapaksa also participated in the mass memorial service held for Mandela at the FNB Sports ground in Johannesburg yesterday.

Meanwhile, President Mahinda Rajapaksa will undertake a four day official visit to Kenya today.

During this visit the President will hold bilateral discussions with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyata.

The President during this visit will also attend a round table conference with the officials of the UN environmental programme and the UN habitat programme.

Update : Wednesday, 11 December 2013 - 6:53 PM
President pays his last respects to Nelson Mandela's remains today.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa who has gone to South Africa to participate in former South African President Nelson Mandela’s funeral will proceed to the city of Pretoria today to pay his last respects to the late South African President’s remains.

President’s media Unit said that President Mahinda Rajapaksa would pay his last respects to the former South African President’s remains lying in state at the Union Building in Pretoria.

The President also participated in the official religious memorial ceremony held at the FNB stadium in Johannesburg yesterday.

 Wednesday, 11 December 2013 - 8:03 AM

President Rajapaksha participates in the Mandela memorial service.

Tens of thousands of South Africans have joined dozens of world leaders for the national memorial service for former President Nelson Mandela.

President Mahinda Rajapaksha also participated in the memorial service along with 91 head of states.

The service was held in front of a voluble crowd in the FNB stadium in Johannesburg.

US President Barack Obama said Mandela was a "giant of history", adding: I quote "The world thanks you for sharing Nelson Mandela with us". Unquote

The memorial service is one of the biggest gatherings of international dignitaries in recent years.

The country is observing a series of commemorations leading up to the funeral on Sunday.

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