President Rajapaksa conferred doctorate in Moscow
Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa has been conferred an honorary doctorate by People’s Friendship University of Moscow.Mr. Rajapaksa, who is presently on a tour of Russia, received the Honoris Causa diploma from the university’s rector Prof. Vladimir M. Filippov yesterday (Feb. 06).
Formerly known as Patrice Lumumba University, the university is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. On his first state visit after being elected to a second term, the Sri Lankan president is due to meet with his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev and prime minister Vladimir Putin.The three-day tour by Mr. Rajapaksa will also see Sri Lanka signing a 300 million dollar loan agreement for the purchase of military and dual-purpose equipment, according to RIA Novosti news agency.