Dr. Saman Weerasinghe, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Mos-Lanka Holdings Group of Companies and an Advisor to President Mahinda Rajapaksa was awarded the 'Order of Honor of the Russian Federation' on June 12, 2013 in Colombo at a ceremony held on the occasion of the National Day of the Russian Federation.
Russian Ambassador in Sri Lanka, Alexander Karchava accompanied with Dr. Weerasinghe called on the President on Thursday to display the medal depicting the said Order of Honor so presented to Dr. Saman Weerasinghe and appraise the President of the nature of the award.
The Russian Ambassador explained that the 'Order of Honor of the Russian Federation' is the highest honor awarded by the Federation at the direction of its President to any foreign citizen who become subject to their admiration.
"It is very fitting that Dr. Saman Weerasinghe, a distinguished citizen of Sri Lanka is awarded this honor in recognition of the enormous services rendered by him in promoting, strengthening and developing friendly relations and mutual co-operation between our two countries during the past 30 years or so," the Ambassador noted.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa said that Russia has always been a true friend of Sri Lanka and enormously helped our country during its struggle against terrorism and eventually stood firm in sheltering Sri Lanka at various international fora for which he is sincerely thankful to the Russian Federation.
President also recollected the happy memories of his visits to Russia on two occasions in recent times.
The President added that he is aware of the services rendered by Dr. Saman Weerasinghe in fostering friendly relations and mutual co-operation between the two countries. It is purely in recognition of same that he was appointed as one of his Advisors and be a link between Sri Lanka and Russia.