Sri Lanka FM begins official visit after stay in Ramallah

February 26, 2013 02:00

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 on Monday that reflects strengthening ties between the two countries.

During his stay, he will meet with 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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