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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 104

Los Angeles Mayor tells Rajapakse, the significance of immigrants in the city

By Walter Jayawardhana

Los Angeles, 01 October, (Asiantribune.com): Antonio R. Villaraigosa, the first Latino Mayor of Los Angeles said it was a great honor for the city of Los Angeles to officially welcome the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse to one of the greatest American cities of immigrants.

“Los Angeles is a city where 46 percent of the population are immigrants born in foreign countries in which 36 different languages are spoken and it is no coincident that the largest population of Sri Lankan origin in the United States is living in this city,” said the mayor welcoming the President. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa welcoming  Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa welcoming Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse

Villaraigosa said he would like to convey his best and warmest wishes to the visiting President, who happens to be the first head of state of the Indian Ocean island republic to visit the city of the Angels for a long lasting friendship with the city of 17 million people, speaking at the welcoming ceremony accorded in the city hall of downtown Los Angeles.

Replying to President Rajapakse who presented him with a gold and silver plated replica of a “Punkalasa” Mayor Villaraigosa said the city needs the good luck and prosperity the replica symbolically represents. He also presented the Sri Lankan President a piece of art work by Frank Gary.

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