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Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapksa Friday (13) morning visited the United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON), the only U.N. headquarters in Africa and the global south.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa planted a sapling of the African Rubber Tree on the premises of the United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON). It has been a tradition for heads of state to plant a tree on their visits to UNON.
After planting President Rajapaksa i watered the sapling of the African Rubber Tree that he planted on the premises of the United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON).
Thereafter, President Mahinda Rajapaksa, on behalf of Sri Lanka, gifted a painting of the Kandy Perahera (annual Buddhist pageant in Sri Lanka) that would be hung on the UNON premises.
During the meeting, UNON Director General Mrs. Sahle-Work Zewde, the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Achim Steiner and the Deputy Executive Director of UN-Habitat Ms. Aisa Kacyira briefed the President on work being done in Africa and Sri Lanka.
Minister of External Affairs Prof. G.L. Peiris, Minister of Civil Aviation Geethanjana Gunawardena, Chief Minister of the Uva Province Shasheendra Rajapaksa, Monitoring MP of the Ministry of External Affairs Sajin De Vass Gunawardena and Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga accompanied the President,