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Sri Lankan President Plants a Tree in the Grove of Nations
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksan was the 69th head of state to plant a tree in Jerusalem’s Grove of Nations, as a sign of the friendship between the countries and as a symbol of peace. The planting took place during the Sri Lankan President’s first visit to Israel.
“Sri Lanka means ‘the holy island’, and you have come to plant a tree in Israel, the Holy Land,” Vice Chairman of KKL-JNF Menahem Leibovic told the guests. “We Jews see nature as God’s creation. We would be most pleased to have KKL-JNF cooperate with your country in order to benefit the world as a whole.”
Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister G.L. Peiris also expressed his desire to expand the cooperation between the countries. “Trees represent life, growth and change, just like the relationship between our two countries,” he said. “I am sure that this visit will help strengthen the ties between Israel and Sri Lanka in a number of areas including agriculture and water management in urban areas. Increasing the cooperation between our countries will benefit both parties.”
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