President visits Libya to attend 40th National Day celebrations
(By: Walter Jayawardhana)
President Mahinda Rajapaksa was given a rousing
welcome yesterday(Aug 31) by the Libyan government when he arrived at
Matiga Airport in Tripoli as a special invited guest to participate in
the 40th anniversary of the Libyan revolution.
Planning Minister Abdul Hafeed Al-Zlatny received the
President on behalf of the Libyan government.
Sri Lanka is one of three nations from Asia who will
be participating in the grand celebrations of the Libyan revolution. The
Philippines and Pakistan are the other two Asian nations taking part in
The Sri Lankan President before taking part in the
celebrations will meet the Presidents of the Philippines and Pakistan to
strengthen bilateral relations with those countries in Tripoli.
It was on September 1 , 40 years ago in 1969 the
Libyan leader Muammar Al Quadaffi led the Libyan revolution and came to
power. Leaders from all over the world are scheduled to arrive in
Tripoli to take part in the celebrations. The celebrations will start at
4 p.m. Libyan time.