Written by Bella Dalima
06 Dec, 2013 | 8:12 pm
President Mahinda Rajapaksa has written to South African President Jacob Zuma expressing his condolences on the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela.
In his letter, President Rajapaksa said on behalf of the Commonwealth and as its chair of its office, he expressed his sympathies to the President, government and the people of South Africa, and in particular the family members of the founding father of modern South Africa.
The President noted that the Commonwealth was enriched with the return of South Africa to its fold in 1994 under the leadership of the late Nelson Mandela, who represented the highest values of human dignity and statesmanship.
President Rajapaksa further noted that the highest tribute that we in the Commonwealth can pay to the great statesman is to preserve the values of democracy, diversity and unity.
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