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Friday, November 22, 2013 - 06.10 GMT
Russia congratulates President on Commonwealth Chairmanship


In a phone conversation this evening, Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated President Mahinda Rajapaksa on the assumption of the Commonwealth Chair in Office.

President Putin also reiterated his government’s desire to continue the strong bilateral relations with Colombo, a sentiment that President Rajapaksa reciprocated.

The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2013 concluded Sunday (Nov. 17). As the Head of Government of the host nation, President Rajapaksa assumes the Chair in Office of the Commonwealth for the next two years.

This year’s CHOGM focused on the theme “Growth with Equity; Inclusive Development.” The next CHOGM – in 2015 – will take place in Malta.

More information about the proceedings of CHOGM 2013 and related events can be found on the official CHOGM website:






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