- Published on Friday, 08 June 2012 12:18
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President Mahinda Rajapaksa attended Vesak celebrations held at the FAO Head quarters in Rome yesterday (7) as the Special Guest.
The event was attended by Chief Buddhist monks in Italy, Director General of FAO José Graziano da Silva, diplomatic community and Buddhists living in Rome. Buddhists in Rome extended a warm welcome to President Mahinda Rajapaksa who is a widely accepted Buddhist leader in the world.
Ambassador to Thailand in Rome Surapit Kiriputra in his speech made a special mention of President Rajapaksa's recent visit to Thailand to attend the 2600 Sambuddathva Jayanthi celebrations and the speech delivered by the President on Buddhism.
Venerable Molligoda Dheerananda Thero, Chief Incumbent of the Rome Buddhist Vihara said it was a significant day that Vesak was celebrated in Rome since it coincided with President's 42nd anniversary of entering parliament.
The monks wished the President well and chanted Jaya Piritha to invoke blessings for the President.
Earlier, President Mahinda Rajapaksa was received by the Director General of FAO Jose Grazino da Silva at the FAO Head Quarters. A brief meeting was held between President Rajapaksa, his delegation and the FAO Director General.