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Wednesday, 08 January 2014 - 8:03
Update : Video : Technical support from Israel for development in the agriculture sector

President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held bi-lateral discussions at the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem yesterday.

President Rajapaksa arrived in Jerusalem yesterday as the final stop on his Middle East visit.

The bi-lateral discussions mainly focused on areas of agriculture, ICT, water management, trade and employment.

In the area of agriculture, Israel agreed to provide technological assistance, including support to expand the scope of utilizing the drip irrigation system in Sri Lanka.

Israel is known for the drip irrigation technology that it invented for the agricultural sector to cope with the water crisis in the region.

Another water-related technology that was discussed was desalination, a process through which drinking water is produced from sea water.

Information technology and employment were other areas identified for strengthening cooperation between the two countries.

Currently, approximately 7,000 Sri Lankans working in Israel as caregivers.

The two leaders agreed to work towards increasing employment in this sector as well as seasonal employment in agriculture.

Israel pointed out that Israeli farmers are quite satisfied with the quality of Sri Lankan employees working there.

Today the President will meet Israeli President Shimon Peres, attend a tree-planting ceremony and hold discussions with a business delegation.

The President and the delegation arrived in Jerusalem from Bethlehem where President Rajapaksa concluded a two-day visit, following another two-day visit in Jordan.

Update : Thursday, 09 January 2014 - 8:01
President arrives in Israel.

President Mahinda Rajapakse who is engaging in a tour of the Middle East reached Israel this morning.

The Presidential Media Unit stated that the delegation lead by President Rajapakse was warmly welcomed upon their arrival in Israel.

President Rajapakse began his tour of the Middle East by visiting Jordan last Saturday and he spent two days in Jordan.

Following his visit to Jordan, President Rajapakse visited Palestine, where he spent two more days and reached Jerusalem in Israel from Bethlehem in Palestine.

Upon arrival in Jerusalem, President Rajapakse visited places of religious and historical importance there.

President Mahinda Rajapakse is scheduled to hold bilateral talks with Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu today and the President will also meet with his Israeli counterpart Shimon Perez tomorrow and hold bilateral talks.

Wednesday, 08 January 2014 - 7:58
President arrives in Israel today.

Wednesday, 08 January 2014 - 8:03

Sri Lanka extended an invitation to the Palestinian Business Community to explore the investment opportunities present in the country following the end of the war.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is on a two-day visit to Palestine, extended the invitation for the members of the Palestinian business community to visit Sri Lanka when he met with them yesterday.

The Palestinian Prime Minister Dr. Rami Hamdallah, who hosted a lunch in honor of the President immediately, afterwards, spoke about the potential for Sri Lanka and Palestine to further strengthen economic relations.

President Mahinda Rajapakse is scheduled to arrive in Israel today concluding the 2 day visit to Palestine.
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