President Rajapaksa pays respect to Late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez
Posted on March 8th, 2013

By Janaka Alahapperuma

 President Mahinda Rajapaksa paid his respect to the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez this morning on 09 March by signing the book of condolence which is placed for the general public at the Embassy of Cuba at Anderson Road in Colombo.

 On his arrival, President Rajapaksa was warmly received by Mrs Dr Indira LƒÆ’†’³pez ArgƒÆ’†’¼elles and other senior members of the Cuban Embassy. The President was accompanied with External Affairs Minister Prof G.L. Peiris.

 “The fact that Venezuelans openly weep and mourn his death shows his visceral links with his people,” the Sri Lankan President wrote.


 President Rajapaksa an admirer of the late Venezuelan leader also recalled the several occasions that he had with the late Venezuelan leader as “very fruitful and forward-looking” discussions. “These meetings with the late President including in Tripoli at the 40th anniversary celebrations of the Libyan revolution in 2009 were always quite lively and assured Sri Lanka that there was a sincere friend in Latin America,”

 President Rajapaksa further wrote. “I am grateful for the support he extended to our fight against terrorism, and Venezuela’s assistance to Sri Lanka in world forums must be acknowledged.”

 Earlier in his message condolences President Rajapaksa said that late President Hugo Chavez was a true son of Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and as the leader was deeply committed to the welfare and development of his country. He was a strong advocate for the developing world. President Rajapaksa further stated that the Venezuela President was a friend of Sri Lanka and played a significant role in further enhancing our bilateral relations.

Meanwhile two ministers, Construction, Engineering Services, Housing & Common Amenities Minister Wimal Weerawansa and Deputy Minister of External Affairs Neomal Perera left for Caracas, the Capital of Venezuela to pay their last respects to President Hugo Chavez and to represent Sri Lanka at the funeral on behalf of President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the people of Sri Lanka.

3 Responses to “President Rajapaksa pays respect to Late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez”

  1. Lorenzo Says:

    Chavez was POISONED by CIA with carcinogens. Same for Yasar Arafart.

  2. Sri Rohana Says:

    I agree with Lorenzo. No doubt this is another CIA underground operation. They tried to apply the same for Fidel Castro many times but failed.
    Hugo Chavez was a real leader who lived with principles and policies. He had enough opportunities to go to imperialist’s hospital for better treatments either in U.S.A, U.K or Europe. But he selected Cuba for his treatments and never depended on imperialist medical system.
    He was a real friend of Sri Lanka and always he was with us when imperialist embarrassing us. International community lost another people’s leader.
    This is the era we need 100 Chavez. Big lost to the world! Long live Commandant Chavez.

  3. Devinda Fernando Says:

    LOL! I see lots of people in Sri Lanka showing their Love for BARKING DOG Hugo Chavez… but I don’t know of any Sri Lankan planning to emigrate to his SOCIALIST COMMUNIST HELLHOLE country Venezuela???
    Why do so many Sri Lankans see this DICTATOR as a Hero, but yet no one wants to go live in a SOCIALIST DICTATORSHIP??? Everyone instead wants to emigrate to capitalist countries like USA, CANADA, AUSTRALIA and EUROPE…
    All Hugo Chavez did was shred the Constitution of Venezuela so he could remain in power indefinitely and Stole $2 BILLION of his people’s money? All he did was nationalize his country’s Oil fields then used the money to placate the poor by providing free services… He did not build industry or Jobs… he’s just a Tin Pot Dictator who threw Toffees to his people to keep them smiling in the short term.


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