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President Mahinda Rajapkase returned to the island today concluding a successful visit to the Middle East.

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

The two leaders strongly agreed to collaborate on multilateral issues, and President Rajapaksa invited King Abdulla to visit Sri Lanka, which he said he looks forward to doing in the near future.

President then arrived in Palestine for a two day official visit on 06th of January.

The Government of Palestine conferred Sri Lankan President with the “Star of Palestine”, the highest award of the State of Palestine when President Rajapaksa met his Palestine counterpart at the Presidential Palace in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

President Rajapaksa met with his Palestinian counterpart and the two leaders inspected a Palestinian honor guard before getting to bilateral discussions.

Two leaders conducted a one-on-one meeting as well as engaged in extended bilateral discussions with their respective delegations.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who arrived in Jerusalem as the final stop of his tri-nation official tour in Middle East, met his Israeli counterpart President Shimon Peres at his office in Jerusalem yesterday.

Welcoming the first Sri Lankan head of the state to visit Israel despite long existing diplomatic relations with the state since 1956, President Peres commended his Sri Lankan counterpart as a great leader for eradicating terrorism and bringing peace, reconciliation and restoration to the country which is not a small achievement.

President Rajapkse stated that although terrorism is eradicated, certain Western Countries continue to pressurize Sri lanka.

President Peres called the achievements during President Rajapaksa's tenure a "very impressive record."





Update : Friday, 10 January 2014 - 12:53

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President returns to the island

President Mahinda Rajapkase returned to the island short while ago concluding a successful visit to the Middle East.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who arrived in Jerusalem as the final stop of his tri-nation official tour in Middle East, met his Israeli counterpart President Shimon Peres at his office in Jerusalem yesterday

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

 Friday, 10 January 2014 - 10:06
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President returns to the country today after concluding the Middle East tour.

President Mahinda Rajapkase is scheduled to return to the island this afternoon concluding a successful visit to the Middle East.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who arrived in Jerusalem as the final stop of his tri-nation official tour in Middle East, met his Israeli counterpart President Shimon Peres at his office in Jerusalem.

Welcoming the first Sri Lankan head of the state to visit Israel despite long existing diplomatic relations with the state since 1956, President Peres commended his Sri Lankan counterpart as a great leader for eradicating terrorism and bringing peace, reconciliation and restoration to the country which is not a small achievement.

President Peres called the achievements during President Rajapaksa's tenure a "very impressive record."

Israeli President said he is well aware of the difficulties President Rajapaksa faced in bringing peace to the country and Israel follows the President's achievements with great admiration.

Following the meeting with the Israeli President, President Rajapaksa met with a group of members of the Israeli business community who are currently engaged in business activities in Sri Lanka.

Following discussions, the President visited the Grove of Nations Forest in Jerusalem and planted an olive tree.

Update : Friday, 10 January 2014 - 8:09
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Bi-lateral talks between SL and Israel - President's tour of Middle East will conclude today

A bilateral discussion between President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his Israel counterpart Shimon Peres was held today.

President Rajapaksa also planted an Olive tree in the National Park in Jerusalem to mark his tour in Israel.

President’s Media Unit stated that the President’s tour of Middle East which began with a 2-day visit to Jordan last Saturday will conclude today.

President Rajapaksa stayed another 2 days in Palestine before he left for Israel yesterday.









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