May 18, Colombo: Former President of the Republic of Kalmykia of the Russian Federation, Kirsan Nikolayevich Ilyumzhinov who is visiting Sri Lanka with a Buddhist delegation called on Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa today (18) at the Temple Trees.
President Rajapaksa is pictured here presenting a Buddha statue to Mr. Ilyumzhinov whose country is the only state in Europe practicing Buddhism as the dominant religion.
Venerable Dharanagama Kusaladhamma Thero, Ven. Dickwella Upathissa Thero,
External Affairs Minister Prof. G L Peiris, Russian Ambassador Vladimir P. Mikhaylov, Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga, Foreign Secretary Karunaratne
Amunugama were also present at the occasion.
(Photos by Sudath Silva)