President Mahinda Rajapaksa will leave for a state visit to Palestine tomorrow. He will be accompanied by External Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris on this first-ever state visit by a Sri Lankan leader to Palestine which was granted non-member observer status at the United Nations General Assembly last year.
Palestine will confer President Rajapaksa with the ‘Star of Palestine’, its highest accolade in recognition of his solidarity with the Palestinian liberation struggle. A road has also been named after President Rajapaksa in Palestine Capital of Ramallah.
The state visit will be followed by a two-day visit to Jordon where the President will hold talks with Jordanian King Abdullah II.
The Palestinians voted for the first time at the UN General Assembly in November last year and claimed it was a new step in its quest for full recognition by the global body.
During his visit, the President will hold talks with Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas. President Rajapaksa has maintained close relations with Palatine and had also been the President of the Sri Lanka –Palestine Friendship Association from the time he was an MP in the 1970s. Presidential Secretary Lalith Weeratunga will also join him on this visit. (Kelum Bandara)
Comments - 19
Cobra Saturday, 04 January 2014 06:49 AM
From there he will visit Israel and get a Star of David!!!
Concerned citizen Sunday, 05 January 2014 02:54 PM
Kafir of Zion in one hand and the star of Palestine in the other!
investigator Monday, 06 January 2014 06:37 AM
he will see thousand stars when he loose power in sri lanka.
UN-Predict Sunday, 05 January 2014 04:48 PM
MR not only receive, he will definitely see stars as well.
ANTON Saturday, 04 January 2014 02:36 AM
NEXT TIME HE WILL VISIT NORTH POLE AND AFTER THAT SOUTH POLE , HE IS SUPPOSED TO MEET SANTA CLAUSE THERE
Dez Saturday, 04 January 2014 02:43 AM
and with president Shimon Peres.
oxop Saturday, 04 January 2014 03:00 AM
Once he comes back , he will show this so called STAR to us, in addition to the stars we are already seen.
Goahst goahst Saturday, 04 January 2014 10:44 AM
who will pay for this trip. just wasting of public fund. no devleopement in this country
Ravi Saturday, 04 January 2014 04:23 AM
Let's keep count of how many foreign trips he makes in 2014 and see what exactly he achieves for SL?
Calistus Jayatilleke Saturday, 04 January 2014 04:25 AM
"Loketa parakase - Gederata Maragathe". We are seeing stars every day - so one more Star won't make much of a difference.
Fair N Square Saturday, 04 January 2014 11:52 AM
before his 2nd term ends, he would be the only President/ leader of the nation to have visited MOST countries at the expense of the TAX payers... He has to undertake trips to the NEW countries like East Timor and South Sudan, where leaders of MOST countries havent set foot yet....
Cindy Montrose Saturday, 04 January 2014 11:54 AM
This empty so called president will love the star, He is sooo empty will love any thing.
Nihal Amarasekera Saturday, 04 January 2014 04:46 AM
He must be conferred the "Moon" for eradicating LTTE terrorism, whatever other shortcomings presumed or otherwise. It seems that some despise him purely because LTTE was defeated.