First Ramallah, then Jerusalem, Sri Lanka FM begins visit

February 25, 2013 18:28

After spending three days on what was described as a "private visit" in the West Bank and sleeping three nights in Ramallah, Sri Lanka Foreign Minister Gamini Lakshman Peiris began a three day formal visit in Israel Monday that reflects strengthening ties between the two countries.

During his stay he will meet President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, and Intelligence Affairs Minister Dan Meridor.Israel and Sri Lanka renewed diplomatic ties in 2000, and reportedly have a robust military relationship.

Israeli weaponry, including Kfir planes and naval boats, have been attributed with helping the Sri Lankan government defeat the Tamil Tigers in 2009. The Tamil Tigers were the first to use explosive belts to carry out suicide attacks, and Hamas and Islamic Jihad reportedly learned the technique from this organization.

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