Dr. Palitha Kohona, Secretary (Director General), of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka, has left Israel after a four-day official visit.
(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman)
Joint Press Release
Dr. Palitha Kohona, Secretary (Director General) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka, has completed a four day visit to Israel. Dr. Kohona was invited by Mr. Aaron Abramovich, Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel. During the visit Dr. Kohona met with various government agencies.
His visit was an excellent opportunity to obtain a good overview of the friendly bilateral relations between the two countries and to discuss ways to strengthen them further. Regional issues were also discussed.
In the spirit of their friendly relations, the two sides looked into issues of mutual benefit and potential areas of cooperation in fields such as high tech, agriculture and industrial development, tourism promotion, investments and exchange of students and trainees. The Israeli side conveyed its desire to cooperate in various fields of priority for Sri Lanka, through MASHAV – the Israel Foreign Ministry’s Center for International Cooperation.
Both sides condemned all forms of terrorism and as countries which have suffered from this menace and have a long experience with combating terrorism, they both oppose any use of terror as a political tool. The Israeli side expressed hope that the internal conflict in Sri Lanka will be solved soon through negotiations and peaceful means. Dr. Kohona conveyed his country’s wish for a successful outcome of the peace process between Israel and the Palestinian people.
Dr. Kohona presented a formal greeting letter from the President of Sri Lanka, H.E. Mahinda Rajapaksa, to the new President of Israel H.E. Shimon Peres. The Foreign Secretary also visited Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Memorial, as well as other sights of interest in Jerusalem.