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Palestinian president to visit Sri Lanka for cooperation

(Xinhua)

14:53, April 11, 2012

COLOMBO, April 10 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka and Palestine are working to strengthen relations including trade ties during a visit by President Mahmoud Abbas this Sunday, an official statement said here on Tuesday.

Sri Lanka's External Affairs Ministry has already announced that Abbas is to arrive in Sri Lanka on April 15 for a three-day official visit.

The statement said that Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Al- Maliki and a delegation of Palestinian officials will accompany Abbas on his visit aimed at strengthening the bilateral relations.

The Palestinian leader and his delegation are scheduled to meet Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and External Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris.

Meanwhile, Palestinian Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khouloud Daibes has already held discussions with Peiris and Industry and Commerce Minister Rishad Bathiudeen on strengthening trade ties between the two countries.

A statement from the Industry and Commerce Ministry noted that a Sri Lanka-Palestine Joint Investment Forum had been mooted to promote exports in Sri Lanka's Tea and coconut oil.

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