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Monday, 06 January 2014 - 7:55
UPDATE: Video: President tours Bethlehem
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President Rajapaksa who is on a tour of the Middle East visited Bethlehem in Palestine today.

The President and the First Lady also participated in a dinner hosted by the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos, The Third of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.

The Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, the traditional birthplace of Jesus celebrates the Eastern Orthodox Christmas on the 7th of January.

Later in the evening President Rajapaksa, First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa and Palestine President Dr. Mahmoud Abbas attended midnight Mass.

The Presidential Spokesman and International Media Unit stated that President Rajapaksa is scheduled to conclude his tour in Palestine tomorrow and leave for Israel.















UPDATE: Tuesday, 07 January 2014 - 13:15
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President opens the Vocational Training Centre in Palestine

President Mahinda Rajapaksa who is Palestine for a 2 day official visit declared open the Mahinda Rajapaksa Vocational Training Centre today.

Presidner also held bilateral discussions at the Presidential Palace in Ramallah with President of the State of Palestine Dr. Mahmoud Abbas

President Abbas updated President Rajapaksa on the ongoing peace process with Israel.

Tuesday, 07 January 2014 - 13:15
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Palestinian star' bestowed on President; SL - Palestine leaders' agree to enhance bilateral relations.

The Government of Palestine conferred President Mahinda Rajapaksa with the “Star of Palestine” – the highest award of the State of Palestine.

President Rajapaksa during the conferment ceremony said the relations between Sri Lanka and the State of Palestine are exceptional and remain committed to extending the fullest support to the State of Palestine and the friendly people of Palestine.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa arrived in Palestine from Jordan yesterday for a two-day visit and held bilateral discussions at the Presidential Palace in Ramallah with President of the State of Palestine Dr. Mahmoud Abbas

President Abbas updated President Rajapaksa on the ongoing peace process with Israel.

President Rajapaksa apprised the Palestinian President of the current developments in Sri Lanka.

President Rajapaksa said that within a short period of four years following the end of the conflict, Sri Lanka has made significant progress, in terms of reconstruction, resettlement, rehabilitation, reintegration and reconciliation.

Followed by bilateral discussions, the two leaders witnessed the signing of the Agreement on Establishment of Sri Lanka-Palestine Joint Commission and the signing of the MoU on Establishment of the Mahinda Rajapaksa Vocational Training Centre.


Tuesday, 07 January 2014 - 8:24
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The President arrives in Palestine

President Mahinda Rajapaksa who is currently on a tour in the Middle East left Jordan and arrived in Palestine this morning for a 2 day tour.

The President and the delegation were received by a Palestinian delegation led by Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah.

Following his arrival, President Rajapaksa laid a wreath at the grave of the late president, Yasser Arafat and paid respect to the late leader.

The Presidents of the two countries are expected to have bilateral talks later today.

President Rajapaksa will be awarded with the country’s highest accolade ‘Star of Palestine’ by the Palestine government during his tour.





UPDATE: Monday, 06 January 2014 - 07:07 PM
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President to Palestine today.


President Mahinda Rajapaksa held talks with the King of Jordan His Majesty King Abdulla Al Hussein yesterday at the Royal Hashemite Court in Amman.

Following a warm welcome for President Rajapaksa, the two leaders held discussions on a number of topics relevant to both countries, including cooperation in defense-related activities and progress of the Joint Committee that was established after the signing of the Trade and Economic Cooperation Agreement in 2007.

President Rajapaksa also requested King Abdulla to consider a duty concession for the tea that Jordan imports from Sri Lanka.

Following this visit, President Rajapaksa will visit Palestine and Israel spending two days in each country.

During his visit to Palestine, the President will hold bilateral discussions with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

While in Palestine, President Rajapaksa is also expected to lay a wreath at the mausoleum of former President Yasser Arafat, meet with members of the Sri Lanka Palestine Friendship Association and visit the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.

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