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President off to Middle East

( January 4 , 2014 - Colombo - Sri Lanka Guardian) The President Mahinda Rajapaksa left at around 10.20 am today (04) for a state visit in the Middle East, the President's Media Coordinating Secretary Wijayananda Herath said .

President Rajapaksa will visit Jordan, Palestine and Israel during his official trip.

The first stop for the President will be the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan where he will meet with the King of Jordan King Abdulla II Ibn Al Hussein.

President Rajapaksa will then travel to Palestine for a two-day state visit. There, the President will hold bilateral discussions with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

In his two-day state visit to Israel, President Rajapaksa is expected to hold talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli President Shimon Peres.

The Sri Lankan delegation is expected to hold discussions with the representatives of each country on strengthening bilateral relations in the agriculture, tourism, trade and employment sectors.