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Sri Lanka decided to expedite the proposed projects under trilateral cooperation among Israel, India and Sri Lanka, a Minister said.

Foreign Minister Ali Sabry told Daily Mirror that he held talks with Israel Ambassador to Sri Lanka Naor Gilon and discussed bilateral relations. The ambassador who is accredited to Sri Lanka from New Delhi was in Colombo recently to celebrate Israel’s 75 years of independence.

The Minister said he discussed the implementation of projects under trilateral cooperation and the establishment of air connectivity between Colombo and Tel Aviv for tourism.

India and Israel are planning to invest jointly in the development of the agriculture sector in Sri Lanka.

The Agriculture Ministry has initiated this move to establish the centres of excellence in Agriculture in Sri Lanka in collaboration with Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation.

According to an informed source, Israel will provide technical assistance by sharing knowledge and agro technologies whereas India has agreed to provide financial support to Sri Lanka, the source said.

The Agricultural Ministry has identified five locations - Horana, Seetha-Eliya, Mahailluppallama, Angunukolapelessa and Gannoruwa - for the development of cultivation of fruits, potato, non-rice cereals, legumes and oil crops. Besides, there is a proposal for establishing a horticulture research and development institute.

Earlier, the Israeli ambassador, making his remarks at the reception to mark the independence in Colombo said, “We are happy to celebrate Israel’s National Day with the people of Sri Lanka. It is very special because this year both countries are celebrating 75 years of independence. I am sure that our bilateral cooperation in different fields will only continue to grow and flourish in the coming years. I am happy to announce that we have appointed a new Honorary Consul of Israel to Sri Lanka, Mr. Dinesh Rodrigo, who will work hard to further deepen our ties. We are also looking for opportunities for trilateral collaboration with countries like India, who is our natural partner and close friend. Such collaborations have huge potential to create new avenues of cooperation in diverse fields, benefiting our peoples. I personally look forward to working closely with the Government of Sri Lanka to explore ways to strengthen our relations further.” (Kelum Bandara)


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  • TE Thursday, 08 June 2023 06:49 AM

    Why we need scientific advice from Israel , don’t we have our own Scientists in the field of Agriculture.

    Neo Thursday, 08 June 2023 10:14 AM

    Agri graduates work in banks here.

    MirakRajBanda Thursday, 08 June 2023 07:46 AM

    Yes, Sri lanka has a reason to celebrating Independence Day while we have a rich history,culture and were colonised but what has Israel to celebrate? It's Occupation Day. Remeber, they were the people called us monkeys and trained both armed forces and LTTE at the same time. Not a trustworthy partner.

    MirakRajBanda Thursday, 08 June 2023 07:46 AM

    Yes, Sri lanka has a reason to celebrating Independence Day while we have a rich history,culture and were colonised but what has Israel to celebrate? It's Occupation Day. Remeber, they were the people called us monkeys and trained both armed forces and LTTE at the same time. Not a trustworthy partner.

    Jude Thursday, 08 June 2023 08:38 AM

    Only talk and planning, nothing happens!! POLITICIANS have talked big about hundreds of projects with foreign collaborations hardly anything have materialized for the last 5-7 years!! Otherwise how did we ended Bankrupt Huh!!??

    Punchi Thursday, 08 June 2023 09:09 AM

    What happened to Chinese investments ? and our friendship with Israel hater Pakistan. Are we being drawn into the India orbit

    Sakya Thursday, 08 June 2023 09:46 AM

    How can it be possibly called independence resembling Sri Lanka's. It must be celebrated as forming of a new country with the help of then world power brokers. See old world maps there is no country called Israel but Sri Lanka is very much there in any maps of whatever era.

    Mike Revere Thursday, 08 June 2023 12:17 PM

    Abraham was in charge of land of Eden around Jerusalem and only after his grandson Jacob had name change to Israel that the land of the jews too was called Israel about 5000 years ago. Jews were taken captive to both Egypt and Babylon. Their final regathering to Jerusalem was in 1948 while the arabs worship towards Mecca.

    Arnold Thursday, 08 June 2023 12:37 PM

    @Mike Nothing justifies forceful eviction of a population based on historical book that was rendered null and void (after being altered by people) by the creator himself.

    Punchi Thursday, 08 June 2023 01:50 PM

    It remains a mystery how the Jews are reclaiming art works, properties etc looted by the Nazis from them, but considered justified to keep properties and land seized from Arabs. The entire Palestinian population is suffering Jewish orchestrated neglect possibly with the intention of extinguishing them as a people and if the Israelis who cry out death to the Arab could get away with gassing Arabs they would do it

    Tissa Fernando Thursday, 08 June 2023 05:37 PM

    Involving two of the double crossing devil's is in the making.

    Independenced-Sri-Lankan Friday, 09 June 2023 12:11 PM

    Sri Lanka celebrates its real 75th independence fighting hard to evict Britons who captured Ceylon in an illegal manner, but Isreal trespassed Palestinians' land illegitimately with the help of the US, so, the situation of both cannot be matched as independence.


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